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Much-loved YA author Louise Rennison dies at age 63

Louise Rennison, the author who wrote the teenage hit Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging, has died at age 63.

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Her publisher, HarperCollins, confirmed the news on Twitter, posting, “It is with huge sadness that we can confirm the death of our much loved author and friend, Louise Rennison.”

“Nobody wrote for teenagers like she did, she understood them, their lives and their extraordinary and powerful friendships,” said the publisher in a statement. “In life, as in her writing, she brought joy and laughter. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and the readers whose lives she has touched for almost 20 years.”

Ann-Janine Murtagh, executive publisher for the children’s division, said, “Publishing Louise was a joy. She was beautiful to know and saw the funny in everything. Bold, brave, irreverent and wise, she leaves us with a million happy memories and a legacy of laughter with her wonderful books.”

Rennison was best known for her hugely popular young adult series of books The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson. One of the books from the series, Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging, was made into the film Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, starring Aaron Taylor Johnson, in 2008.

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Written in diary style, the Georgia Nicolson books, about a 14-year-old who lives with her annoying parents, were based on Rennison’s own childhood in Leeds. She was brought up in a three-bedroom council house with her mum, dad, grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousin.

Fans and fellow authors took to Twitter to express their sadness at the news of her passing.

“Shocked at the death of Louise Rennison. Kids just laugh and laugh and laugh at her books, which is the best sort of miracle. RIP,” tweeted author Patrick Ness.

Holly Smale, author of Geek Girl, tweeted, “So, so sad to hear about Louise Rennison. Such a wonderful, talented and funny writer. Love to her family.”

As well as being a celebrated author, Rennison was an award-winning performer. Her first one-woman autobiographical show, “Stevie Wonder Felt My Face,” was a huge success at the Edinburgh Festival in the ’80s, and a subsequent BBC 2 spin-off was also a hit.

She also worked for Radio 4, contributing to Woman’s Hour and the John Peel Show, and wrote for and with many well-known comedians.

RIP Louise Rennison, 1951-2016.

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