Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years is the eighth book in Sue Townsend’s brilliantly funny Adrian Mole series.
Sunday 1st July
NO SMOKING DAY
A momentous day! Smoking in a public place or place of work is forbidden in England. Though if you a lunatic, a prisoner, an MP or a member of the Royal Family you are exempt.
Adrian Mole is thirty-nine and a quarter. He lives in the country in a semi-detached converted pigsty with his wife Daisy and their daughter. His parents George and Pauline live in the adjoining pigsty. But all is not well.
The secondhand bookshop in which Adrian works is threatened with closure. The spark has fizzled out of his marriage. His mother is threatening to write her autobiography (A Girl Called Shit). And Adrian’s nightly trips to the lavatory have become alarmingly frequent . . .
‘A tour de force by a comic genius and if it isn’t the best book published this year, I’ll eat my bookshelf’ Daily Mail, Books of the Year
‘Effortlessly hilarious. Brilliant satire and tragedy’ The Times
‘Hilarious. Comic gold’ Sunday Times
The Lost Diaries of Adrian Mole, 1999-2001 is the seventh book in Sue Townsend’s brilliantly funny Adrian Mole series.
Monday January 3, 2000
So how do I greet the New Millennium? In despair. I’m a single parent, I live with my mother . . . I have a bald spot the size of a jaffa cake on the back of my head . . . I can’t go on like this, drifting into early middle-age. I need a Life Plan.
The ‘same age as Jesus when he died’, Adrian Mole has become a martyr: a single-father bringing up two young boys in an uncaring world. With the ever-unattainable Pandora pursuing her ambition to become Labour’s first female PM; his over-achieving half-brother Brett sponging off him; and literary success ever-elusive, Adrian tries to make ends meet and find a purpose.
But little does he realise that his own modest life is about to come to the attention of those charged with policing The War Against Terror . . .
‘An achingly funny anti-hero’ Daily Mail
One of the great comic creations of our time. Almost every page of his diaries bring a smile to the face’ Scotsman
Adrian Mole and The Weapons of Mass Destruction is the sixth book in Sue Townsend’s brilliantly funny Adrian Mole series.
Wednesday April 2nd
I am thirty-five today. I am officially middle-aged. It is all downhill from now. A pathetic slide towards gum disease, wheelchair ramps and death.
Adrian Mole is middle-aged but still scribbling. Working as a bookseller and living in Leicester’s Rat Wharf; finding time to write letters of advice to Tim Henman and Tony Blair; locked in mortal combat with a vicious swan called Gielgud; measuring his expanding bald spot; and trying to win-over the voluptuous Daisy . . . Adrian yearns for a better more meaningful world.
But he’s not ready to surrender his pen yet…
‘An achingly funny anti-hero’ Daily Mail
‘One of the great comic creations of our time. Almost every page of his diaries bring a smile to the face’ Scotsman
Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years is the fifth book in Sue Townsend’s brilliantly funny Adrian Mole series.
Wednesday August 13th
Here I am again – in my old bedroom. Older, wiser, but with less hair, unfortunately. The atmosphere in this house is very bad. The dog looks permanently exhausted. Every time the phone rings my mother snatches it up as though a kidnapper were on the line.
Adrian Mole is thirty, single and a father. His cooking at a top London restaurant has been equally mocked (’the sausage on my plate could have been a turd’ – AA Gill) and celebrated (will he be the nation’s first celebrity offal chef?). And the love of his life, Pandora Braithwaite, is the newly elected MP for Ashby-de-la-Zouch – one of ‘Blair’s Babes’. He is frustrated, disappointed and undersexed.
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
‘One of the greatest comic creations. I can’t remember a more relentlessly funny book’ Daily Mirror
Three cheers for Mole’s chaotic, non-achieving, dysfunctional family. We need him’ Evening Standard
Adrian Mole: The Wilderness Years is the fourth book in Sue Townsend’s brilliantly funny Adrian Mole series.
Thursday January 3rd
I have the most terrible problems with my sex life. It all boils down to the fact that I have no sex life. At least not with another person.
Finally given the heave-ho by Pandora, Adrian Mole finds himself in the unenviable situation of living with the love-of-his-life as she goes about shacking up with other men. Worse, as he slides down the employment ladder, from deskbound civil servant in Oxford to part-time washer-upper in Soho, he finds that critical reception for his epic novel, Lo! The Flat Hills of My Homeland, is not quite as he might have hoped.
But Adrian is about to discover that extraordinary and wonderful things may blossom even in the wilderness
‘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
‘A very, very funny book’Sunday Times
True Confessions of Adrian Mole, Margaret Hilda Roberts and Susan Lilian Townsend is the third book in Sue Townsend’s brilliantly funny Adrian Mole series.
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
‘Wonderfully funny and sharp as knives’ Sunday Times
The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole is the second book in Sue Townsend’s brilliantly funny Adrian Mole series.
Sunday July 18th
My father announced at breakfast that he is going to have a vasectomy. I pushed my sausages away untouched.
In this second instalment of teenager Adrian Mole’s diaries, the Mole family is in crisis and the country is beating the drum of war. While his parents have reconciled after both embarked on disastrous affairs, Adrian is shocked to learn of his mother’s pregnancy.
And even though at the mercy of his rampant hormones and the fickle whims of the divine Pandora, a victim of a broken home and his own tortured (though unrecognised) genius, Adrian continues valiantly to chronicle the pains and pleasures of a misspent adolescence.
Funny, moving and a poke in the eye for adult morality’ Sunday Express
‘Written with great verve, and showing an uncanny understanding of the young, Sue Townsend holds the balance between innocence and precocity and the result is both hilarious and salutary’ Daily Telegraph
‘Life’s no fun for an adolescent intellectual. For the reader it’s a hoot’ New Statesman
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ is the first book in Sue Townsend’s brilliantly funny Adrian Mole series.
Friday January 2nd
I felt rotten today. It’s my mother’s fault for singing ‘My Way’ at two o’clock in the morning at the top of the stairs. Just my luck to have a mother like her. There is a chance my parents could be alcoholics. Next year I could be in a children’s home.
Meet Adrian Mole, a hapless teenager providing an unabashed, pimples-and-all glimpse into adolescent life. Writing candidly about his parents’ marital troubles, the dog, his life as a tortured poet and ‘misunderstood intellectual’, Adrian’s painfully honest diary is still hilarious and compelling reading thirty years after it first appeared.
Bestselling author Sue Townsend has been Britain’s favourite comic writer for over three decades.
‘I not only wept, I howled and hooted and had to get up and walk around the room and wipe my eyes so that I could go on reading’ Tom Sharpe
‘A satire of our times. Very funny indeed’ Sunday Times
‘We laugh both at Mole and with him. A wonderful comic read, that, like all the best comedy, says something rather meaningful’ Heat