Another chance to listen to the writer speaking to Sue Lawley in 1991. Her most famous creation was Adrian Mole, and, in many respects, his life mirrored her own: like her hero, she came from a poor but not deprived background and always nursed a secret ambition to be a writer. She talks to Sue Lawley about her life and work and carefully selects eight records which remind her of some of the most significant events in her life.

Favourite track: Violin Concerto in D by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Book: Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

Luxury: Swimming pool of champagne