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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (19 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141046449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141046440
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Leicester in 1946, Sue left school at 15 years of age. She married at 18, and by 23 was a single parent with three children. She worked in a variety of jobs including factory worker, shop assistant, and as a youth worker on adventure playgrounds. She wrote in secret for twenty years, eventually joining a writers' group at the Phoenix Theatre, Leicester in her thirties.

At the age of 35, she won the Thames Television Playwright Award for her first play, Womberang, and started her writing career. Other plays followed including The Great Celestial Cow (1984), Ten Tiny Fingers, Nine Tiny Toes (1990), and most recently You, me and Wii (2010), but she became most famous for her series of books about Adrian Mole, which she originally began writing in 1975.

The first of these, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾ was published in 1982 and was followed by The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (1984). These two books made her the best-selling novelist of the 1980s. They have been followed by several more in the same series including Adrian Mole: The Wilderness Years (1993); Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction (2004); and most recently Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years (2009). The books have been adapted for radio, television and theatre; the first being broadcast on radio in 1982. Townsend also wrote the screenplays for television adaptations of the first and second books and Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years (published 1998, BBC television adaptation 2001).

Several of her books have been adapted for the stage, including The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾: The Play (1985) and The Queen and I: a Play with Songs (1994), which was performed by the Out of Joint Touring Company at the Vaudeville Theatre and toured Australia. The latter is based on another of her books, in which the Royal Family become deposed and take up residence on a council estate in Leicester. Other books include Rebuilding Coventry (1988), Ghost Children (1997) and Queen Camilla (2006).

She was an honorary MA of Leicester University, and in 2008 she was made a Distinguished Honorary Fellow, the highest award the University can give. She was an Honorary Doctor of Letters at Loughborough University, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her other awards include the James Joyce Award of the Literary and Historical Society of University College Dublin, and the Frink Award at the Women of the Year Awards. In 2009 she was given the Honorary Freedom of Leicester.

Her most recent novel, The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year, was published in 2012 by Michael Joseph and was a giant success, selling over half a million copies to date in the UK alone.


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Wonderfully funny and sharp as knives (Sunday Times)

Townsend has held a mirror up to the nation and made us happy to laugh at what we see in it (Sunday Telegraph)

The funniest book of the year (Daily Mail)

About the Author

Sue Townsend is Britain's favourite comic author. For thirty years, since the publication of The Secret Diaries of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ in 1982, she has made us weep with laughter and pricked the nation's conscience. Seven further volumes of Adrian's diaries have followed, and all have been highly acclaimed bestsellers. She has also published five other popular novels and written numerous well-received plays. She lives in Leicester, where she was born and grew up.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Craobh Rua VINE VOICE on 20 Oct. 2009
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The Mole section takes up the bulk of the book and covers a five-year period. It begins in December 1984, when he's 16years old and is studying for his A-Levels. (He's obviously been reasonably successful in his O-Levels and CSEs, then). However, it's a little different in style to the 'The Secret Diary' and 'The Growing Pains' - it's only partly written in diary format, and it also includes a spot of poetry, his talks given on radio and a couple of letters between Adrian and Barry Kent. (Barry is, for a spell, residing at Her Majesty's Pleasure and has now learnt how to read and write. He's now writing some poetry and - unlike the crap Adrian produces - it's actually quite promising. He's even known as Baz the Skinhead Poet in certain circles). Adrian is also still corresponding with his American penpal, Hamish Mancini - at one point, he has ask Hamish for the return of his diaries. While the book sees some big changes in Adrian 's life, some things have remain constant : he still enjoys reading 'The Beano', is still obsessed with the Norwegian Leather Industry and his love for Pandora Braithwaite. (Pandora, on the other hand, is possibly starting to catch herself about Adrian . Where Adrian deludes himself that he's an intellectual, Pandora is academically gifted...so, the pair's post A-Level life might just prove a little strained).

The Sue Townsend and Margaret Roberts sections are much shorter than the Mole section - though the Sue Townsend section follows a similar format to what has come before. There's a diary from a two week holiday in Majorca, a brief report covering a trip to Russia with a group of other writers and a couple of pages on why she likes England. The Margaret Roberts slot, on the other hand, follows the 'traditional' Mole diary format.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By andsotobed on 27 April 2012
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Having read the previous two Adrian Mole books, I came to this as the next in the series. Sorry, but I didn't really get why the format had suddenly changed into being the diaries of three different people. I was questioning it as I was reading along, and found myself skipping pages. It's a short read too, not worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellie Doyle on 16 Aug. 2013
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Ok so the book started out ok but then it changed to a different person whom I don't know, then it changed to another different person whom was totally weird and sounded like she came from the 1800's! I'm way too confused I thought the book was called Adrian Mole, not 'Adrian More and Others', just confusing! It could have been better!
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By M. V. Clarke VINE VOICE on 9 Jan. 2015
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This is a rather unusual volume, consisting of three entirely separate sections. It begins with Adrian Mole, featuring some diary entries and other pieces of writing, which bear the hallmarks of the series more generally. He's left school and is trying to find his way in the world, with varying success. Next comes extracts from Townend's own diary - witty in places. Finally, fictional childhood diaries of Margaret Hilda Roberts - a satirical swipe at Mrs Thatcher, which are heavily barbed. Each section is interesting and amusing, but none is long enough to get really engrossed in, and the book as a whole doesn't hang together very clearly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mole fan on 28 Jan. 2013
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What's with the layout????? What is the point of having the different people as well as Adrian mole as specially as they are not apart of his life. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bruie on 25 Jun. 2012
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Ive read a few of the Adrian Mole books and always find them funny and easy to read. This one however was an absolute disappointment when the sstory just skipped from Adrians diary to Susans diary. It felt like starting a book then putting it down and starting another. Not sure what the purpose of this was and i eventually gave u reading the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anuja Karia on 18 Dec. 2012
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terrible.others a lot better. the diary layout is not in whole book.it is boring drivle that does not make sense.if there was an option for 0 stars i would use it.
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By Bugman on 7 May 2014
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I loved the first two "Mole" books and recently re-read them. I had never read Confessions of Adrian Mole before, so went straight into this and was disappointed. Yes, the wit of the previous books is still there, but the format has changed making it difficult to read. The diary format worked well in the first two books, so I don`t understand why it was changed to this half-way-house between diary and narrative. It also jumps around a bit too much for my liking. Some people might prefer this book to the others, but it is not for me.
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