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Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years Paperback – 19 Jan 2012
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Celebrate Adrian Mole's 50th Birthday with this new edition of the eighth and final book in his diaries, as Adrian faces a shocking revelation that will change his life forever . . . (from publisher's description)
An exquisite social comedy (Daily Telegraph)
In this book the comedy is all the sharper, and more poignant, for its melancholy contrasts, the emotional danger and the sense that time is always running out. (The Guardian)
Sue Townsend has always had an unflinching sense of humour - the more incongruously awful the situation, the more she can make us laugh...this is a seriously lovely book. (Sunday Times)
Like Evelyn Waugh's Captain Grimes, Adrian is 'one of the immortals' and the series of his diaries the comic masterpiece of our time (The Scotsman)
This hilarious and poignant tale of Adrian Mole's early middle age reaffirms that Sue Townsend has created 'one of the great comic characters of our time' (The Scotsman)
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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For the first 95% of the book (Kindle) his life follows a predictable pattern of bad luck, bad luck and bad luck, with some of it, admittedly as a result of his own doing but the arrival of a diagnosis of Prostrate Cancer and the ensuing pathos, introduces a big dollop of sympathy, indeed pity for him as he has to battle with his illness without much emotional support from his family or his straying wife Daisy.
And then in the final few pages, his luck begins to turn for the better in a number of directions, culminating in the arrival in his driveway of the love of his life since childhood days, the dynamic, ambitious and beautiful Pandora Braithwaite BA,MA, PhD, MP and Junior Minister in the Foreign Office, who had recently shown a reignitement of their old passions.
Maybe Sue Townsend has set the scene for, perhaps the final book of the wretched Adrian Mole's thus far sorrowful existence, with a storyline that might let this poor soul find happiness, love and contentment? If the author's previous predilections with the more morose aspects of human nature hold constant then I wouldn't bet on it!
My second letter to you. I hope you're feeling better my friend because I'm not prepared to let you go. It is in fact with much anticipation that I wait to read your next Diary*. I also read your (brevis) Literary CV with interest and, with all due respect (forgive me Adrian, perhaps I'm being unappreciative of your efforts) I think that it would be a brilliant idea to have the Diaries published instead, all of them. Why don't you ask "that Sue Townsend" for some help about that? (like I suggested in my previous letter, also via Amazon; she is very well known in the trade for helping out unsuccessful but gifted authors like yourself). Because you see, I feel that without realising it, you have produced some fantastic work with the Diaries, and everybody should know about you!
As I said, I'm really looking forward to your next Diary Adrian. Please send it to me as soon as it is finished. You are such a special person. You have kept me company for so many years, I have laughed with gusto, and often had a lump in my throat reading about your depressing moments. And trust me, I think that if you decide to publish your Diaries (please contact Sue Townsend), they will be a HUGE success! (This could lead to hordes of women at your feet begging you to marry them, and you could easily forget about your marital problems).
My best regards to your family and a big hug to you, my best wishes for a long and healthy life! From your affectionate reader
I LOVE BOOKS X
*Although he has never mentioned me in his Diaries (at my request), Adrian & I go back a long time, we met in Leicester years ago and we share our love for books.
Townsend's work gets darker as she gets older, and this book is the bleakest of the lot, but suffused throughout with an affection for her characters and a wicked humour that makes the tragic aspects of the story slightly more bearable. I did find myself shedding a small tear here and there as Adrian blunders his way through another failing marriage and the miseries of cancer, but also roaring with laughter in places. Pauline Mole goes from strength to strength in this book, and is, I think, my favourite character. The ongoing saga of Rosie's parentage and the Jeremy Kyle show was wonderfully light relief.
I loved it.
My only gripe is how it finished. Too sudden and no answers.Would have liked just a little more at the end.
If you haven't read them, or you read them way back, you won't be disappointed! From the first book to the last, they will weave their magic!
Sue Townsend was the most amazing writer, and really captures life.
Thank you Sue!
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These are a series of books I will always read.