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Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years Mass Market Paperback – 11 Aug 2000
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Celebrate Adrian Mole's 50th Birthday with this new edition of the fifth book in his diaries, where Adrian faces divorce, fatherhood and (short-lived) television stardom (from publisher's description)
About the Author
Sue Townsend was born in Leicester in 1946. Despite not learning to read until the age of eight, leaving school at fifteen with no qualifications and having three children by the time she was in her mid-twenties, she always found time to read widely. She also wrote secretly for twenty years. After joining a writers' group at The Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, she won a Thames Television award for her first play, Womberang, and became a professional playwright and novelist. After the publication of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾, Sue continued to make the nation laugh and prick its conscience. She wrote seven further volumes of Adrian's diaries and five other popular novels - including The Queen and I, Number Ten and The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year - and numerous well received plays. Sue passed away in 2014 at the age of sixty-eight. She remains widely regarded as Britain's favourite comic writer.
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What I think is brilliant about these books is remembering the era I grew up in. Adrian, as always, chronicles current events in his diary: such as Princess Diana's death and the new Blair government coming to power, and makes statements about these events, thus recording history in a way that portrays, more than most, how the "ordinary person" viewed those times. It then becomes more like a discourse of modern history - which I think is great. It's like having a (modern) 'memories museum' in book format. Fantastic!
The Sunday Telegraph says it best - Townsend 'has held a mirror up to the nation and made us happy to laugh at what we see in it'.
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