The Lost Diaries of Adrian Mole, 1999-2001 (Adrian Mole #7)
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The Lost Diaries of Adrian Mole, 1999-2001 (Adrian Mole #7)

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Entering 'early middle age' Adrian Mole lives alone with his two sons and a growing suspicion that life is passing him by. Forced to move his family to the notorious Gaitskell Estate, Adrian is soon doing hilarious battle once again with the fickle finger of fate.
Paperback, 287 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Penguin Books (first published October 1st 1998)
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Ben Babcock
I did it again. I walked smack into the middle of a series. And I have only myself to blame. Had I been more careful in examining this book, I would have noticed it's part of a series—I would also have noted its epistolary format, another feature that ordinarily gives me pause. However, I did not notice these things, and even once I did, I read this book anyway. Now I have to write this review—me, a neophyte to the Adrian Mole saga, a doubter of epistolary works! This can only end in tears.

Adria...more
Steven
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Denis Vukosav
Diaries lost in moving, originally published in The Guardian, and as Adrian said, they were stolen by fraud Sue Townsend, who for a too long time is living like a parasite on his behalf.

What we have, therefore, missed. Infinite hypochondriac Adrian greeted the new millennium obsessed with potential illnesses, fruitless search for his part of cake and immersed in always interesting reflections on life. He entered into the thirties, occasionally employed, eternally dependent on his parents, the fa...more
Katherine
I grew up reading the Adrian Mole diaries and remember them being very funny. It has been some years since I looked at them and so when I found this in the library I was eager to read it. What I have learnt is that what was funny in my late teens is no where near as funny in my 30's! I am not sure if this is because the style is slightly different in that it mentions world events quite frequently compared to the original books (This book was originally serialised in a British newspaper)or my sen...more
Hil
This is the first book in the series where I felt Sue Townsend really couldn't be bothered to write any more about Adrian Mole. It seems to be written differently - not as much about his life and the life of those around him, but focussing more on his commentary of all the world events that were happening around this time. I know she's always done that but it seemed like that's all that was happening in this one. I know it was written after the Weapons of Mass Destruction, and maybe that's why i...more
Henry
It's not the best Adrian Mole book, but even the worst Mole books are still good. It's slightly disjointed, but I put this down to the fact that it was first serialised in a newspaper before being collected and published as a volume. But this doesn't stop it being a funny read, even if slightly implausible (Adrian goes from being an offal chef in London to an unemployed single father in Leicester; why wouldn't Sharon and JoJo take their children away from the poverty they're living in). Anything...more
Ben Baker
Another entertaining trip to Ashby-de-la-Zouch with Adrian as a flustered father of two. Of specific note is an incredibly odd section two thirds in which acknowledges the TV adaptation of Adrian Mole The Cappuccino Years and the existence of Townsend as a failed writer. Sadly this peters out quickly before offering any real insight. The mentions of the late Geoffrey Perkins made me choke up a little although even Mole isn't too stupid to pass up a TV adaptation just because they've mistakenly a...more
M
Oh Adrian, where would we be without your endless pretentious waffle? Some funny moments in this one, but I could do without the 'joke within a joke' references to Sue Townsend 'stealing Adrian's life and pretending it's fiction'. Remember how nauseating it was in 'Ocean's Whatever' (can't remember which one it was; I erased it from my mind as soon as I left the cinema) when Julia Roberts played Julia Roberts? Bletch. Not funny, or clever. Luckily this instalment redeems itself, and just about m...more
Karlt
Jan 30, 2012 Karlt rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: funny, sad
Full disclosure, I have not read the entire series(yet, AND it is unlikely if I will continue to do so, but there remains a slim chance that I might, maybe give it a year, or if I fall desperately short of my 2012 Books to Read Target). I think I skipped a few books between the first one and this one. Anyway, on with the review...

Too much of the same thing. The first book was really good because it felt fresh and original. But this time around, it feels like Adrian has not learned at all. It doe...more
Matti Karjalainen
Sue Townsendin "The Lost Diaries of Adrian Mole, 1999-2001" (Penguin, 2009) sisältää päiväkirjamerkinnät "Cappuccino-vuosien" ja "Järisyttävien joukkotuhoaseiden" väliin jäävältä ajanjaksolta. Ne julkaistiin alun perin viikottain ilmestyvinä katkelmina Guardian-lehdessä.

Luultavasti tämän poikkeuksellisen julkaisuformaatin vuoksi "Lost Diaries" sisältää muutamia epäloogisuuksia, eikä sitä välttämättä voi pitää suoraan ns. viralliseen Mole-kaanoniin kuuluvana teoksena.

Surkuhupaista huumoria revitä...more
Maria Goodin
I really enjoyed this and am now keen to read the rest of the series. I'm pretty sure I read an early Adrian Mole book as a teenager and didn't really get it, but maybe back then I was just baffled by the political references. This book made me giggle out loud on quite a few occasions and it's a really easy, laid back read. I liked the fact that I could just pick it up, read a couple of diary entries then put it down again. It perfect if you are too busy to sit down and read for very long. After...more
Lynne
Adrianed out now - he's back in Leicester/Ashby de la Zouche to be exact, replete with two children, Glenn and William. The usual parental marital shennangins and failures but nonetheless parts can still raise a smile. Read this several years ago (though forgotten most of it) overall I enjoyed it,but it lacks some of the bite and satire of the earlier Moles.
Jennifer
Brief Description: Think of this book as a male version of Bridget Jones’s Diary … only more British and less funny. This is the eighth book in a series, and, in this particular outing, Mr. Mole is a middle-aged single parent dealing with dating, children, and housing issues.

My Thoughts: I read the first few books of this series (The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 and The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole) years ago and remember them as being funny. Either the series hasn’t aged well or I ha...more
Gemma Williams
I can never resist a Mole book...this one is set in between Cappuccino Years and Weapons of Mass Destruction, and is jolly funny as always. a few quibbles - I was never very convinced with the Braithwaite/Mole parents getting together and I would have liked more Nigel and Pandora. Also, this volume doesn't have what some of the others do - a more serious episode. I'm thinking of, in previous books, George telling Pauline about Doreen's pregnancy, Queenie's death, Robbie's death, Rosie's terminat...more
Bluenose
The Adrian Mole saga is one of the great comic series. I didn’t know about this latest book in the series or I probably would have bought it at the regular price. Instead I had the delight of finding it on a remainder table at Chapters for $6.99.

It’s a pretty slim volume at $24 (the regular price) and just right at $6.99. Originally published serially in bolshie rag The Guardian, the book has a more improvised character than earlier diaries. It is, as a result, less funny and more involved with...more
Kate
Although this recent addition to the Adrian Mole oeuvre is not quite as epic as The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole or The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (the first two in the series, written when Adrian was a pimply teenager), it is still pretty damn entertaining. Reading this one, I was struck by what a pill Adrian--the misunderstood intellectual is now an unemployed single father, a struggling novelist, an aggrieved political constituent, a cranky son, and a reluctant dater--still is. He is unpleas...more
Andy
Laugh out loud funny... again. Same old Adrian battling with his bonkers family. Great to remember what was making the news headlines fifteen years ago.
Shaun McAlister
This is certainly the weakest of the Adrian Mole series. I would assume this is because it was never designed to be read as a book but rather as small chapters in a newspaper. It wasn't helped by a rather bland narrator.
Jennifer
I've been a Mole-ite since I discovered Adrian's first diary in the early 80's. Unfortunately, the antics that were funny in his teen years are losing some steam now that Adrian is approaching 40 with two young boys to raise. His parents divorce and remarry at least once a decade and, again, Adrian has gotten mixed up with an elderly neighbor that requires his care. Of course, for all its flaws, I still enjoy the tone of Adrian's voice and I would say I chucked (not laughed) throughout. A must r...more
GONZA
Divertente, ma niente di che, letto di corsa perchè cronologicamente veniva prima di "Weapons of arm destruction", peccato però che l'introduzione raccontava in breve tutto quello che stavo leggendo nel libro seguente, appunto.
Adrian Mole, padre single di un bambino di 3 anni e di un adolescente di 14, si muove nell'Inghilterra della guerra contro Osama Bin Laden, tra Pandora che fa carriera nel governo e i genitori che continuano a risposarsi. Ci sono chicche indimenticabili, tra cui la presen...more
Valentin
Still a loser: a tedious devotion.
Katie Grainger
The Lost Diaries are a good addition to the Adrian Mole series. I have to say that there were parts where I laughed out loud but there were parts that I thought were a little stale. It was difficult for anything of substance to happen to Adrian as this book is ultimately a filler and as we know Adrian has now married again. However as with all the Adrian Mole series I really enjoyed this, on one page you think that Adrian needs some luck in the next you are berating him yourself. A great read fo...more
S. Nealon
I loved the first Adrian Mole book when I was a kid and was surprised to find this at Heathrow while I was waiting for my connecting flight. Adrian is all grown up as a single father with two kids!!! Apparently, there's been a dozen editions since the first. Who would have known. Adrian's still got that wonderful point of view. I used to to think he was a bit Holden Caulfield, but now, perhaps as an neurotic hypochondriac adult, he sounds a bit David Sedaris.
Lura
Throughout all the entertainment that the Adrian Mole series has given me, I'm still ambivalent about it.
This novel, apparently is the last installment - and in comparison to the preceding book about Adrian's pathetic life in his 30s, is really good.
It's funny and relaxing; sarcastic and reminds you of a lot of current events.
Mostly Adrian reminds me of myself. I guess only because of that sentimental attachment I gave this book 4 stars.

Emily
Stole this book from Rob's shelves (with his permission)- he in turn had discovered it on his desk one day. Its true owner remains a mystery! It's the literary equivalent of a collection of previously published journal articles, but funnier. Didn't mind its cobbled together nature as I am a bit A Mole fan, having binge read the whole of the rest of the series a couple of years ago. The book served me well on a long train journey whilst visiting this week.
Sally
Fabulous! I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed Adrian's dry style.
Lucy
Reading an Adrian Mole book for me is like catching up with an old friend you haven't seen for years, albeit one you can never quite decide if you actually like. This is more of the same, more of the usual characters ... But god, do the excerpts from his unpublished novels bore the pants off anyone else or just me?? I know they're there to illustrate a point but still!!
Erin
Loathe as I am to say anything negative about Adrian Mole (being, as I am, a lifelong reader and admirer of Sue Townsend’s work) I found the “Lost Diaries” a bit of a stretch in terms of plot and tone. It wasn’t as funny as I’m used to and seemed more like a franchise grab than like anything really innovative or exciting was happening with Adrian’s character. Disappointing.
Priscilla
Fun and clever. Adrain's carelessness and longing are a great mix. What makes him addictive is that occasionally, you completely agree with his interpretation of events(especially when it comes to his observations of his mother)but most of the time he barges through life leaving a trail of anger and disapproval which he finds bemusing. Thank you, Sue, for a gret character!
Jyoti
It was hilarious in parts. Even enjoyable in places. But also hugely irritating that a 32 year old man with 2 sons was simply guided by the need to find a girlfriend instead of a steady job. It continues to amaze me that the author is a woman who has presented life from a boy and a man's viewpoint in such a believable way.
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Susan Lillian "Sue" Townsend was 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 has suffered from diabetes for many years,...more
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