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Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years (Adrian Mole #8)

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Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years is the eighth book in Sue Townsend's brilliantly funny Adrian Mole series.

Sunday 1st July


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 t

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Published (first published 2009)
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"...when a woman sighs and you ask her what is wrong and she says, 'Nothing,' do not believe her - there is always something wrong and you must stick at it until you find out what it is."
The wisdom of Adrian Mole, aged 39 3/4

Not much is going right for the Mole man in this go-round.

He's living one wall away from his parents, and they are NOT SHY about sharing their problems.

He's still the favorite confidant of old-age pensioners.

His son is fighting in Afghanistan.

His daughter's obsession with Di
As I started reading The Prostate Years in the midst of an outpouring of Christmas presents, many of which included novels, annuals and book tokens, I was spoiled for literary choice over the holidays, and almost didn't know where to start. However, Adrian has remained my first love ever since the day I picked up my dad's battered old copy of 'The Secret Diary'. He would have to be read first, no questions asked. I hurried through the book feverently, but was hit with bitter disappointment as I ...more
Ben Baker
I can't deny I've been putting off finishing this one for a while now. Despite its excruciating romantic plots, "...Mass Destruction" once again left Adrian happy and loved. A few years on and reality has come crashing back in with a strained marriage, stroppy daughter, mooching half-brother, son still fighting the Taliban and a failing bookshop pushing Mole back to the safety of his diaries. Things still manage to get worse when Adrian becomes ill. Funny but painful, like it was happening to a ...more
Gemma Scott
My favourite of the Adrian Mole series. The book where I connected to him most. Unlike other reviewers I've always liked Adrian Mole as a character despite his many flaws but in this book because of the fact he had cancer and because he had matured e.g. he had started to realise he was not the next Tolstoy, I felt more attached to him and really wanted him to pull through and things in his life to go right. I also enjoyed reading about Bernard, the alcoholic booklover, who plays a greater part i ...more
Tko bi rekao da je nekad prištavi 13-3/4-godišnjak Adrian Mole danas na pragu četrdesete? Moram priznati da sam se iznenadio da Townsendica i dalje piše svoju nekadašnju hit-franšizu kad sam je ugledao na kiosku!? Ovo možda nisam očekivao, da Adrian nije ostvario nijednu svoju mladenačku (spisateljsku ni egzistencijalističku) želju koju je sanjao s 13 i 3/4. I dalje radi iste greške, s ljudima, ženama i sobom; vjerno i dalje zapisuje detaljno sva svoja zapažanja i misli u dnevnik. Mislim da ga j ...more
Adrian goes through the book moaning that people can't spell the name of his troublesome gland correctly and as a result I mis-type the name of the book when searching for it. Adrian 1 - CaterinaAnna 0

I first met Adrian in the pages of Woman's Realm in 1982, when I was just enough older than him to feel superior, and each new installment of his diaries is like getting a news-filled letter from a friend one hears from infrequently enough for it to contain plenty of news, but frequently enough for
Christopher Spalding
Very disappointed to note that Adrian Mole, who was always a year older than me, has somehow lost a year making us the same age. Who will I look up to now?

(In the book his fortieth birthday occurs in 2008, whilst his date of birth was apparently 02/04/1967).

I blame the publishers, simply because Sue Townsend can do no wrong. I will be writing to my MP on the matter in the strongest of terms.

Does anyone have Dr Braithwaite's address?
I am a massive fan of the Adrian Mole books, I have lost count how many times I have re~read the books. Adrian Mole ~ The Prostate Years finds Adrian now almost 40, married with a daughter (as well as two sons, Glenn serving with the army in Afghanistan and William, who lives with his mother in Nigeria) and lives next door to his parents in the piggery. As always with Adrian his unusual family are causing endless problems, his marriage is not working, his daughter rules their home and her school ...more
Nathan Hobby
Adrian Mole's nearly forty, and I've lost track of how many of his diaries have been published now. You probably remember him when he was thirteen and three quarters. I love the chronicle of a life that Sue Townsend has unfolded at intervals over the last twenty years, not quite up to the standard of John Updike's Rabbit Angstrom sequence, but a humorous barometer of the times and chronicle of failure.

That said, this is one of the weaker books to my mind - but maybe it's me who's changed; every
Jim Rimmer
Adrian and I had lost contact since adolesence but, by sheer coincidence and not without some irony, bumped into each other again both aged 39.

A. A. Mole continues to be self centred whilst also being adrift on the ebbs and tides of life: 1 part tosser, 1 part underdog, a dash of adversity mixed with a cast of misfits. The genius of Townsend's character is that the reader (well, this one at least) can see so much of themselves in this protagonist whilst simultaneously hoping these observations
Does the neurotic life of Adrian Mole finally reach a happy end? The unlucky diarist finds himself in another set of life-changing circumstances that he once again struggles to understand. As well as battling with personal tragedy in his comic way with his outspoken family attempting to assist him, his career is also under threat as his antiquarian bookstore owner battles to keep up with society. There is also his constant battle against the societal machine; whether it’s attempting to book a me ...more
Adam Deverell
Adrian Mole, along with Annie Proulx short stories, is the one series of books I will reread year in and year out. I love the sly, wry humour of Sue Townsend and her witty but light parody of living in 1980s + Britain.

I've read the Prostrate Years about five or six times now, and it squeezes in as the best of the post-Growing Pains in the series. Gone is the pretensions to write and the corny manuscripts (I always found the parody a bit heavy handed) and we're left with a rather dejected and wor
In this the last installment of the Adrian Mole saga we see him living in the Piggeries with his wife Daisy and daughter Gracie and next door are his mother and father.
As usual his life is not going the way he has planned and we hear the usual laments of his "White van" serial, the state of the government and just life in general.
Yet again he has picked up an OAP in the form of Bernard Hopkins, an on / off helper at the bookstore where Adrian works, Daisy falls in love with one of the local gent
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Richard Barnes
Brilliant and beautiful - once again Townsend weaves the razor sharp satire, when the family goes on Jeremy Kyle, with the powerfully human. Mole with Cancer and a disintegrating marriage is, for once, a man with very real problems.

The middle-aged Mole is surrounded by people who are just as bemused at the state of modern Britain as he is; Bernard and Mr Carlton-Hayes are wonderful characters.

But Mole may suffer from constant self-doubt, but his relationship with his son, Glenn, and the love and
I always look forward to the latest Adrian Mole book and this one is a fine addition to the series. His marriage is in trouble, his family is as disfunctional as ever and his bookshop is failing. On top of all this he has prostate cancer to cope with. It's not all doom and gloom however because the Pandora starts showing signs that she may finally be responding to Adrian's life-long devotion....superb!
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I always expect to find these books laugh out loud funny but always seem to be disappointed.Adrian Mole is an interesting chronicler of our times but really just how clever is it to comment in a sort of amusing way about such current affairs. These books seem to promise much but don't deliver.

Fabulous but with the only cliffhanger of the series and Sue Townsend's sad recent death, I really hope that somebody is able to finish Pandora's Box and get it published, as I'm very keen to read on.
Daniel Lorne
Like catching up with old neurotic friends. The kind of book you read while peeking through your fingers and cringing. Sad to hear of Sue Tonwsend's passing. How would Adrian have ended up?
De Meulder
Helemaal niet zo goed als de andere. En hij heeft kanker wat een domper is op het plezier.
Madeline McEwen
Brilliant! Howling with miserable laughter.
J.T. Wilson
So, farewell then, Adrian Mole, the 80s parody of parochial adolescence which mutated into the author's most well-received series of satirical soapboxes on modern-day Britain. 'The Prostrate Years' is, by default, the final installment in the series, Sue Townsend's death bringing the series to a halt with all the abruptness of a mid-season cancellation. Plotlines which were presumably destined for resolution in later books turn into cul-de-sacs. We'll never know how, or if, the stories were goin ...more
Mark Griffiths
The wonderful construction that is Adrian Mole as written is 9 months younger than me and I have followed his 'adventures' since he was thirteen and three quarters. Like all the books this is not fast paced or 'exciting' but it's observations on life are superb and having walked the same period of history as Adrian, some moments are particularly poignant. My clear hope of course is that one day he will live happily ever after with the wonderful Pandora..... But I'm not holding my breath!
Townsend permeates this installment of the Adrian Mole series with addictive middle aged cynicism and Adrian's familiar aptitude for awkwardness. Whilst laugh out loud funny in parts, this era also sees Adrian take on the alarming burden of prostate cancer, as well as facing up to the inevitable breakdown of his second marriage. As a reader of Mole's previous diaries and no stranger to the realities of divorce, I found myself reeling for Adrian and I may have nearly shed a tear! The storyline, i ...more
Ross Vincent
The last time the readers saw Adrian, he was married (again) and with a toddler (again) and dealing with sharing a pigsty with his parents in the middle of no where. This book picks up just two or three years since- and very little has changed. However, for Adrian, the upcoming period of his life is going to find him dealing with both a martial & health crisis, and to become a victim of the economic downturn facing the globe in the past few years.

On a personal level, I have been a fan of Ad
Matti Karjalainen
Adrian Mole on nyt 39 ja 1/4 vuotias. Sympaattisen antisankarimme elämä ei ole keski-iän myötä seestynyt ja helpottunut, päinvastoin: avioliitto Daisyn kanssa on ajautumassa karille (miksi vaimo onkaan hankkiunut uusia pitsisiä alusvaatteita?), Englantia jäytävä talouuskriisi uhkaa tehdä selvää työpaikasta herra Carlton-Heyesin kirjakaupassa, lähisukulaiset tahtovat välttämättä märehtiä dysfunktionaalisia ihmissuhteitaan television keskusteluohjelmassa eikä vanha suola lakkaa janottamasta, sillä ...more
This man is not Adrian Mole. Like the trip to the recreated Anne of Green Gables house when my father asked if the house was “really” where Anne lived, fiction does not live. And what a shame that it doesn’t. There’s nothing I’d like more than to ring round Adrian’s house (well, the piggeries) and find him fastidiously drinking his afternoon tea and waxing poetic about his prostate.

But really, finding out that another Adrian Mole book had come out was happy news, and once again, Sue Townsend has
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Susan Lillian "Sue" Townsend is a British novelist, best known as the author of the Adrian Mole series of books. Her writing tends to combine comedy with social commentary, though she has written purely dramatic works as well. She suffered from diabetes for many years, as a
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Other Books in the Series

Adrian Mole (8 books)
  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4  (Adrian Mole, #1)
  • The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (Adrian Mole #2)
  • True Confessions of Adrian Albert Mole (Adrian Mole, #3)
  • Adrian Mole: The Wilderness Years (Adrian Mole, #4)
  • Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years (Adrian Mole, #5)
  • Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction (Adrian Mole, #6)
  • The Lost Diaries of Adrian Mole, 1999-2001 (Adrian Mole, #7)

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