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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (30 Jan. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141046449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141046440
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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Celebrate Adrian Mole's 50th Birthday with this new edition of the third book in his diaries, as 16-year-old Adrian navigates his way into adulthood (from publisher's description)

Wonderfully funny and sharp as knives (Sunday Times)

Townsend has held a mirror up to the nation and made us happy to laugh at what we see in it (Sunday Telegraph)

The funniest book of the year (Daily Mail)

The funniest person in the world (Caitlin Moran)

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

Monday June 13th
I had a good, proper look at myself in the mirror tonight. I've always wanted to look clever, but at the age of twenty years and three months I have to admit that I look like a person who has never even heard of Jung or Updike.

Adrian Mole is an adult. At least that's what it says on his passport. But living at home, clinging to his threadbare cuddly rabbit 'Pinky', working as a paper pusher for the DoE and pining for the love of his life, Pandora, has proved to him that adulthood isn't quite what he expected. Still, without the slings and arrows of modern life what else would an intellectual poet have to write about . . .

Included here are two other less well-known diarists: Sue Townsend and Margaret Hilda Roberts, a rather ambitious grocer's daughter from Grantham.

'Essential reading for Mole followers' Times Educational Supplement

'Townsend has held a mirror up to the nation and made us happy to laugh at what we see in it' Sunday Telegraph

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Very disappointed. I've loved the three Mole books I've read so far, and the Mole section of this is wonderful, but the other completely disparate parts I found less entertaining. And the final 25% is simply filling: a bio of Sue, holiday trips, extracts of other books (including glowing reviews) lists of Mole characters, etc. It felt as though she was struggling to pad out a not very long book with whatever came to mind. I was left feeling irritated and conned. But I hope it won't put me off reading more S Townsend.
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Adrian Mole is the hook, read the first two and loved them. Unfortunately this book is only a third Adrian and the rest is garbage. If that wasn't bad enough, the Adrian section was of particularly poor quality. Paid £3.99 for this book and am appalled! Personally I would not recommend to anyone, even die hard fans, as it spoils such a great character and storyline.
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So far I have only read the Mole section. If you like the Mole books you will like this too. My own feeling is that the essay format does not work as well as the diary format. The diaries are better than this. Is it that there is not the brief moment by moment tension of the diaries? Terse diary entries make the reader follow the story at a pace which allows us to enjoy slowly every agonised moment, whereas one solid lump of text tends to be read at one big gulp.
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Anyone automatically buying this as a sequel to the Adrian Mole books should be aware that it is NOT a sequel as such- this is a collection of writings by Sue Townsend which includes a few Adrian Mole pieces. They don't really tie in with the personality of the Mole character from the 1st two books, either, so it's for completists only.

Completists who aren't especially picky.
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I didn't like this because there was so little Adrian Mole I didn't get even half way through the Sue Townsend diary and didn't touch the Margret Thatcher diary's! I just skipped to the wilderness years you aren't even missing much to be honest you could skip this book and read wilderness years!
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I have read and reread the Adrian Mole books so many times over the years and still find myself coming back to them periodically. Funny and engaging these can hold their own.
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I gave the first two Adrian Mole books 5\5 but I didn't care for this one. I think it was the lack of a coherent story, really more a series of one shots that skipped through time. Read the first two but I wouldn't recommend this.
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dont bother with it,enjoy book 1 & 2... This book will ruin it with your enjoyment of Adrian Mole books.
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