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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (31 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141315989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141315980
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (397 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of literature's most endearing figures. Mole is an excellent guide for all of us (Observer )

Marvellous, touching and screamingly funny . . . set to become as much a cult book as The Catcher in the Rye (Jilly Cooper )

A satire of our times. Very funny indeed (Sunday Times ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Sue Townsend is one of Britain's favourite comic authors. 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. Sue passed away in 2014 and is survived by her husband, four children, ten grandchildren and millions of avid readers.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scott Fraser VINE VOICE on 15 Dec. 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Williams TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jan. 2012
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Re the '30th Anniversary Edition:

Fresh from its triumph on the BBC4 radio Book Programme as the best comic novel (a little hard to accept, I can't help feeling) this very amusing and insightful novel about the often embarrassing but invariably charming foibles of its hero is a real pleasure to revisit, as many other reviews here indicate. However, the Vine review copy I received contains no 'new introduction by David Walliams' (as suggested on the Amazon product page - and frankly I doubt that would be a major attraction for anyone really) and so differs only in its cover from the other manifestations over the years. (I'm sure the intro will be there on purchased copies.) Essentially the 'anniversary edition' label is just a marketing ploy and should not tempt anyone who already has a copy. For anyone else, don't be put off by any suggestion that this 30 year old classic is old-hat nostalgia. It is a touch dated, and perhaps appeals most to those who lived through the period and chuckle at the memories jogged by fashion references etc. But in essentials this remains very fresh and amusing, though always with great sympathy for our hero's touching efforts to find himself, assert his place in the world and come to grips with burgeoning hormones. Recommended.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 25 Jan. 2001
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Norman Cheeseworthy on 25 Nov. 2011
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I must have been about 9 or 10 when I first read the Adrian Mole books - more than 25 years ago! I remember at the time what a fun book it was, and how very easy it was to read, though I suspect, reading it again now, that I was probably a bit young and much of the content went over my head.

Fast forward to 2011 and I feel like I'm reliving that period of my childhood all over again, starting with the inside cover, which features the lovely original artwork of the book published all those years ago.

The references to popular culture at the time may no longer be of interest to today's young readers, but the quality and humour of the writing is still as good now as it was then.

This 30th Anniversary edition has rekindled my lost love of these books, and I shall certainly be purchasing the rest in the series to complete the journey!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Jan. 2012
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As I haven't personally read this book, I must defer to my daughter, who is nearly 12 years old. This is what she had to say about it:-

"Adrian is a typical teenage boy and has many worries in his life, such as spots, girls, parents and what he should be when he grows up. A vet? A poet? At the moment he is trying to be a poet and sends many poems to a gentleman who works for the BBC, as well as to his girlfriend Pandora. His parents have recently split up, Adrian's mother having had an adulterous affair with the next-door-neighbour. Adrian now lives with his father, and is the only child. Devastated, Adrian has to survive with a dad who smokes a lot and stays in bed a lot because he is unemployed. He also has to come to terms with his dad having a girlfriend, who's very thin. On top of all this Adrian joins a club called the Good Samaritans and as a result has to look after an elderly man called Bert Baxter, cleaning his house and buying newspapers. He'd expected it to be interesting, listening to war stories and so on, but it turns out to be hard work. Overall Adrian's life is busy and stressful, and I wouldn't want to be in his shoes - he has to put up with Mr Baxter, he's forced to give his pocket money to a school bully, he has problems at home with his family, and he gets tonsilitus which leads him to hospital.

"I think this book is really good, it's funny from beginning to end and it made me smile a lot. Maybe I laughed a few times too, I can't remember. I felt sorry for Adrian but his diary is so funny and I would recommend it to my friends and anyone of my age."

This book is as suitable to children today as it was 30 years ago. It doesn't seem at all 'dated' and it's clear that my daughter enjoyed reading it.
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