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Sue Townsend
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31 Oct 2002

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ is the first book in Sue Townsend's brilliantly funny Adrian Mole series.

Friday January 2nd

I felt rotten today. It's my mother's fault for singing 'My Way' at two o'clock in the morning at the top of the stairs. Just my luck to have a mother like her. There is a chance my parents could be alcoholics. Next year I could be in a children's home.

Meet Adrian Mole, a hapless teenager providing an unabashed, pimples-and-all glimpse into adolescent life. Writing candidly about his parents' marital troubles, the dog, his life as a tortured poet and 'misunderstood intellectual', Adrian's painfully honest diary is still hilarious and compelling reading thirty years after it first appeared.

Bestselling author Sue Townsend has been Britain's favourite comic writer for over three decades.

'I not only wept, I howled and hooted and had to get up and walk around the room and wipe my eyes so that I could go on reading' Tom Sharpe

'A satire of our times. Very funny indeed' Sunday Times

'We laugh both at Mole and with him. A wonderful comic read, that, like all the best comedy, says something rather meaningful' Heat

Sue Townsend is Britain's favourite comic author. Her hugely successful novels include eight Adrian Mole books, The Public Confessions of a Middle-Aged Woman (Aged 55¾), Number Ten, Ghost Children, The Queen and I, Queen Camilla and The Woman Who Went to Bed For a Year, all of which are highly acclaimed bestsellers. She has also written numerous well-received plays. She lives in Leicester, where she was born and grew up.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Re-issue edition (31 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141315989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141315980
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (320 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

An exquisite social comedy (Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Sue Townsend with, THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 3/4 and THE GROWING PAINS OF ADRIAN MOLE was Britain's bestselling author of the 1980's and her success continues with the recent publication of ADRIAN MOLE: THE CAPPUCCINO YEARS. Sue is also well-known as a playwright. She lives in Leicester.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stands the test of time 16 Dec 2011
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I first read this book when I was ten years old and absolutely loved it so when I was given the chance to read it again coming up twenty years later I was excited and nervous at the same time. I didn't want my rose tinted thoughts shattered. I needn't have worried. Instead of thinking "oh god, is this what I've got to look forward to", the diary style of writing opens you up to memories of what you used to do instead. It's still laugh out loud funny but for the reasons of fond remembrance of your own youth and school life and relating to being in similar stupid situations yourself. The account of the school trip is priceless. Great observational comedy in diary form. Timeless.
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As can be gleaned from the title, this is one of my favourite books ever.

It's laugh out loud funny, and I have done on many occasion to odd looks from my wife.

Adrian Mole was a teenage hero of mine and I read the book dozens of times in the 80's, it's so realistic and true to life and did represent some of the issues that I went through at that age. I could relate to it because I was roughly the same age and came from the same background as Adrian did. It rang a bell with me.

Now I look back on it with fondness and nostalgia and the good thing is my own kids have read it and claim it's on par with Harry Potter, great praise indeed.

Sue Townsend writing style is concise and free flowing and thought provoking, she has the good habit of being able to entertain in a funny while at the same time being to address serious issues to a teenager.

The new edition of the book is very attractive with nice gold lettering and printed on recycled paper, something of which I heartily approve of.

Next year is the thirtieth anniversary of this fabulous book and there is going to be a special commemorative volume to celebrate. I will be getting that but I'll keep this version of it for my twice yearly reading of the book as my original has all but disintegrated.

One of the classics of British literature and no bookshelf is complete without it. Fantastic.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun and very nostalgic 25 Jan 2001
I was 12 3/4 when I first read this book, soon after it was first published. I wondered what all the fuss was about as I didn't find it funny at all. That's because I was just as naive as Adrian Mole. A couple of years later I read it again and found it much funnier. Then, a couple of years later, funnier still. Adults growing up in the eighties will love this for the references (Falklands, Thatcher, Hitler diaries etc) but the teenage angst is timeless. My original is now much dog-eared, selotaped and, yes, loved. Buy the Growing Pains as well, it is equally as good. I must go now and update my Norwegian Leather Industry chart...
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Future Modern Classic? 10 Mar 2003
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This novel is a very simple idea. 13 year old Adrian starts his diary on January 1st in the early 80's. He writes an entry every day for nearly two years. He reflects on his school, his unrequited love (Pandora Baithwaite), and his parents (including his hilariously awful feminist mother). Adrian decides that he is an "undiscovered intellectual" and tries desperately to improve his brain by reading as many books as he can. He usually misses the point in all the books he reads but is confident about his wrong assertions. Here lies the some of the humour - we see the world through Adrian's eyes and we can understand what is really going on between his mother and Mr "Creep" Lucus, and also the symbolism of the worthy books he reads like Animal Farm. But Adrian doesn't quite understand it all yet.
This book is also hugely touching. We always understand and feel for Adrian's emotional problems and the physical changes he goes through. Adrian is like any other teenager - he has spots and he reads pornography. This book is very effective at communicating the confusion that adolescence can often be. It's even more amazing when you consider that the author is a middle-aged woman. You feel so sorry for Adrian when his parents argue or when he is bullied, but the next laugh is always just round the corner. I first read this wonderful little novel when I was actually about 13 and three quarters old. At the time I thought it was an interesting and perceptive read but not in the least bit funny. I made the same mistakes Adrian did having not read Animal Farm or really lived yet. Rereading it a few years later I finally saw the humour and I realised it was actually hilarious.
Don't be put off by the 1980's setting of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm, witty and wise 4 Feb 2012
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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To my shame, I have never read any of the Adrian Mole books - and I loved this one! Townsend does a fantastic job of capturing Adrian's voice - self-centred, pompous (helping the `poor and ignorant'), self-dramatising, and yet oddly innocent and vulnerable. She pinpoints and punctures people's pretensions and earnestness with lasered precision, but isn't ever patronising or condescending. We laugh with her characters as much as we laugh at them.

Most of all I loved the nostalgic reminders of how different life was in the early 1980s: I'm younger than Adrian was but I adored being reminded of bathcubes (girls always gave them to each other as presents and they never dissolved properly leaving you sitting in a gritty bath-tub), Dream Topping and Butterscotch Instant Whip. And did people really eat boil-in-the-bag curry and rice?!

Adrian's mother `finding herself' after reading Greer and de Beauvoir, and dressing in baggy dungarees and huge dangly earrings is now the stuff of (feminist) legend, and the zeitgeist is captured in the presence of youth clubs and discos, the fairly innocuous bullying of Barry Kent, and Blue Peter.

So this is a light and easy read but for all its surface sparkle it's also warm, witty and ultimately quite wise.
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Another tragic loss to the world of amazing writers, bought this to relive my childhood and it still does not disappoint after not reading it for 20 years

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Published 29 days ago by shaunado
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor, and more than a bit weird
I remember having had to read this at school and recently came across it again at a car boot sale. It's basically the ramblings of a pubescent schoolboy as written by a middle... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anglo
5.0 out of 5 stars fun read
A fun read giving you a great insight into every day life of a geeky teenage boy during the 80's.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Year 10 form group
I have just started reading this book with my year 10 form group, and I don't think anyone is particularly interested at the minute. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic and very funny
This book is a re-read of the book I read as a young teenager. It follows the trials and tribulations of Adrian Mole written in diary format. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. Queripel
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Brilliant! Would definitely recommend this book to anyone!
I'm 11 and I still thoroughly recommend it!
Go and buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars adrian revisited
i used 2 read this when commuting - and had to try to smother my giggles - not easy on a packed train
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