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Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years Paperback – 27 Jul 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)
One of the greatest comic creations. I can't remember a more relentlessly funny book (Daily Mirror)
With the Mole books, Townsend has an unrivalled claim to be this country's foremost practising comic novelist (Mail on Sunday)
Adrian Mole really is a brilliant comic creation. Every sentence is witty and well thought out, and the whole has reverberations beyond itself (The Times)
Three cheers for Mole's chaotic, non-achieving, dysfunctional family. We need him (Evening Standard)
The funniest person in the world (Caitlin Moran)
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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Given Adrian's youthful leanings towards socialism, we might expect his diary to contain more political comment but, beyond a New Year's resolution to give Blair another chance, he remains strangely silent. Sue Townsend is far too clever to go for the obvious. She makes a much stronger statement through Pandora, who was so sure of her rectitude as a teenager but has become arrogant, self serving, nauseating and morally bankrupt as an adult. Her election to Parliament and appointment as a junior minister, based more on her stunning good looks than any real substance, says more about Blair's Government than Adrian ever could.
The author's premise, that life would be so much more enjoyable if only we ceased to worry about it, is neatly supported by the increasing dichotomy between her two protagonists. Pandora is the ambitious, self assured high achiever with multiple degrees, but she is becoming increasingly stressed as the demands of her high profile career force her to lose control of her life. Adrian is a complete plank in his relationships with the opposite sex and is equally wooden as an author. Despite the breadth of his reading, he fails to see any connection between George Orwell and Eric Blair and believes the literary success of Joyce and Dostoyevsky is due to their consumption of potatoes. But he can always be relied upon to do the decent thing when called to support his fellow man. Ultimately, it is his refusal to worry which makes him the happier of the two and it is his faults and frailties which make him the more endearing.
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