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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾

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.

Our Review Panel says...

I’m going to get a bit gushy about this book. I think this might have been the book that made me think that I might want to write down funny things. It is SO funny and SO sad and SO tender and SO warm and SO heartbreaking. It’s such a skilfully observed book that so evokes what it was like to be a spotty teenager in the mid 1980s that I honestly thought Sue Townsend might have reached inside my brain. I read and re-read this a million times and the good news is that the sequel, the Growing Pains of Adrian Mole is just as good.

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