The author Louise Rennison has died

She wrote Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging

Many people try to nail teen culture – some with greater success than others. But those who really do will never be forgotten by those who like to reminisce, fondly, about teir most awkward years.

For a generation of girls the books Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging, and It’s OK, I’m Wearing Really Big Knickers, were like a mirror onto the most squirming and uncomfortable depths of your teenage soul. Today, many reflected on Louise Rennison’s insight after Harper Collins announced that the author and comedian has died. She was in her 60s.

Both books were portrayed in a film version called Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging. According to Nielsen Book Data figures she sold 2.6 million books in the UK.

Her publisher, Harper Collins, has confirmed “with huge sadness” that their “much-loved author and friend” has died.

The publisher published a tribute on its website this afternoon.

“Nobody wrote for teenagers like she did,” read a statement from Harper Collins. “She understood them, their lives and their extraordinary and powerful friendships. 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.”

“Publishing Louise was a joy,” wrote Ann-Janine Murtagh, executive publisher for the children’s division. “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.”

No further details have been released.