Saddest news of the week must've been the passing of Sue Townsend.
I grew up with the (mis-)adventures of Adrian Mole. It was the first book I read in English rather than German. Apart from that I learned a lot about the British through the books. I will miss seeing the current events through British eyes.
On a side note: I'm reading my second book by Stephen Fry. He makes me feel stupid. So many words I don't know. And once you look them up in a dicitionary about half of the words are prone to make you blush.