New Adrian Mole diary is dark, hopeless and hilarious

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9 Responses to “New Adrian Mole diary is dark, hopeless and hilarious”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Recently watched the old TV series based on the first books. Holds up very well.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Sue Townsend is a national treasure. Irreplaceable.

    I hope you have read “The Queen and I” and “The True Confessions of Margaret Hilda Roberts” where she gives the Mole Treatment to the Queen and to Mrs Thatcher.

    but…you meant “Road side fry stand” (not “Road size fry stand”) didn’t you?

  3. Beanolini says:

    As I understand it, this is based on the ‘Secret Diary of a Provincial Man’ column from the Guardian (still readable online).

    I am a couple of years younger than Adrian Mole, and hated the first two books- I found the health education/puberty messages extremely clumsy, and was very suspicious that my teachers were so keen for us all to read them.

    I really enjoyed ‘The Wilderness Years’, though…

  4. joshie says:

    I found an old hard back copy in my cupboard the other day (from 1984) and showed it to my 10 1/4 year old daughter and she wont put it down!! Found a junk shop today and managed to get her ”
    Adrian moles Minor to Major” with 4 stories in it!!
    Never spent a pound so well in my life!! Strange after all these years you dont forget Pandora!!
    So, just goes to show that you never forget a good book (mind you was difficult trying to explain “Big n bouncy!!”).

  5. error404 says:

    I dunno about there being a health education subtext in the first books, I read a boy who was painfully insecure but bubbling with curiosity at his own bodies new found abilities…. that and an old copy of Big n Bouncy.

    Townsend, is a great writer and a voracious reader, so it was very saddening to read awhile ago that she has been effectively blinded by diabetes.

    The copy of the 1st Mole diaries, had a pic of her in the back. Man I used to have such a crush on her.
    That smart and mighty fine looking too.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like a British “Confederacy of Dunces.” I’ll have to check it out!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Curse you Cory, I thought I had closure when I finished Weapons Of Mass Destruction. I always got too personally involved in Adrian’s saga. My dehabilitating self-conciousness comes solely from Mole’s lack of the same. My enduring teenage neuroses were given form and definition by reflecting against his own insecurities.
    So when WOMD finished with a happy and believable ending of a man come to terms with himself and the world, a little piece of my broken psyche was put to rest.
    Like I say, I had closure before you posted this, you callous bastard.

  8. bridgingjones says:

    Gosh, I seriously thought I was the only one who had read them! My English teacher recommended those to us when I was about… 13 and 3/4. I literally learned English on those books.
    I loved Adrian Mole, can’t wait to read the latest installment!

  9. BubblesUp says:

    This is great news! Thanks, Cory! I first read Adrian Mole when I was living in London back in the 80s, and it was just a really fun set of books. I even saw shades of Evelyn Waugh in the way Townsend showed how unknowlingly clueless Adrian was. Off to Amazon/Borders/local to grab a copy (if it’s in available in the US)…

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