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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: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (379 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 689 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.

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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer 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 Stuart Moses VINE VOICE on 13 Dec. 2011
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The first time I read this book I was almost Adrian's age. I thought it was an accurate summation of what it was to be a teenage boy in the 1980s.

As I re-read it now, I am closer to Adrian's father's age. It seems less realistic than it did before, but it's a deeper and more rewarding experience. I missed so much of the humour the first time round. There are little gems, such as Adrian starting War and Peace one day, then finishing it the next, declaring the classic Russian novel to be 'quite good'.

Not only is the book much funnier, it is also much sadder. Yet from this sadness comes much laughter. I particularly liked the way in which Adrian's parents argued about who wouldn't get custody of Adrian.

The diary format makes it easy to digest. Though the contemporary references date the book, in a wider sense it is timeless. I would recommend this book if you've never read it before, or if you read it many years ago, now is a good time to revisit it. There are bound to be things - new and old - to delight you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By oldstuff VINE VOICE on 8 Jan. 2012
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In a way re-reading and reviewing this book now rather than when I constantly read it as someone around Adrian's age in the mid 80s is a bit unfair because it had much more meaning when you were growing up around the same time and encountering the same issues like first love, acne, fitting in at school etc. Its still remarkably well-written with a short and punchy style though and I still found myself laughing at bits throughout the book despite remembering most of it off by heart from a couple of decades ago. There are bits and pieces that will no longer ring true due to changes in the life of teenagers and some of the events of the day like Princess Di, The Falklands etc will probably baffle a few younger readers now but Sue Townsend wrote, with both this and "Growing Pains of...", two of the most influential books I read in my formative years and it still stands alongside the likes "Tom Sawyer" and "Huck Finn" as the greatest books of my childhood years.
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