The next instalment in Sue Townsend's bestselling Adrian Mole series will be arriving a year later than anticipated, due to a period of ill health.
The as-yet-untitled novel was originally scheduled for publication this November.
Townsend's publisher Michael Joseph told The Bookseller: "Sue is making a strong recovery after a mild stroke at the end of last year. She has started a new Mole, and we—and her legion of Mole fans—are all hoping she will deliver it in time for publication in autumn 2014."
During an appearance at the Oxford Literary Festival, Townsend said the book will cover "the coalition years" and feature Mole, aged 13 and three-quarters in the first volume, now aged 45.
Townsend also said she would "at a push" only be able to write two further instalments, due to concerns about her health, according to the Telegraph.
There have been nine volumes of Adrian Mole diaries so far; the most recently published in The Prostate Years, released by MJ in 2009.
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