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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 July 28th 2009 by Penguin UK (first published 2001)
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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.

Jul 22, 2009 Steven rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Gemma Williams
May 30, 2009 Gemma Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 26, 2011 Hil rated it it was ok
Shelves: challenge2011
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
Jan 08, 2015 Henry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Adrian Mole series is my favourite book series ever. Saying that, this is definitely the weakest offering. The font is very large, probably to bulk it out to a similar length to the other Adrian Mole books. The book is disjointed and repetitive - however, one can accredit this so the fact that the entries were initally published in a newspaper and were later compiled and published in this form. I understood this when I was reading it and am willing to let Susan Townsend off for this. My main ...more
Apr 16, 2016 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I call myself a huge Adrian Mole fan and I didn't even know this book existed, finding it by happy chance in the library.

Adrian Mole: he's older than me but I've grown up with him; sharing his dreams, aspirations, obsessions and realities. In this book Adrian is in his thirties, living alone with his two sons from two women he didn't love as ardently as the now politically successful Pandora.

Adrian is still writing, still hoping his literary genius will be acknowledged, plodding on in a life whi
Jun 06, 2015 Ria rated it it was amazing
These are the "lost diaries" of Adrian Mole, seized in a dawn raid by the police under suspicion of terrorism.
In this volume yet again he is lusting after Pandora but picks up with someone a little deranged called Pamela Pigg.
His parents get back together and leave their other respective partners ie. Pandora's parents!
Adrian feels a pang of guilt about his half brother and tracks him down with the disastrous consequence of him staying for a while.
Meanwhile he is trying to cope with day to day
May 12, 2016 Agata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has got to be one of the funniest books I have ever read. I got the first one (The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4) out the library and I liked it so I decided to give this a go too. Twenty years on from the first book, Adrian is a single father living in a council housewith his sone Glenn (13) and William (7). He has a sort-of relationship with his housing officer Pamela Pigg. I just love the way the author can take an everyday situation and make it hilarious. My favourite part wa ...more
Good Reads top review is by some Canadian who had never previously encountered Adrian Mole. An extraordinary outburst of petulance.

Well, thanks a bunch, GoodReads. How is that in anyway useful to the community, especially to British 40-50somethings who grew up with Adrian Mole, and understand instinctively the cultural references which are not about Canada

Sometimes, good manners are simply about humbly admitting 'this isn't for me' and walking quietly away, rather than exercising pride and self-
Aug 03, 2014 Henry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 26, 2014 M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 30, 2012 Karlt rated it liked it
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
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
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
Apr 17, 2014 Lynne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 27, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
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
Sep 03, 2015 Marti rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some funny passages in the satirical story, in diary form, of the oblivious Adrian Mole. Not being a Brit, I definitely missed the point of some of the humour, since I didn't always recognize the famous characters. Was this supposed to be a YA book? Pretty obscure for the target reader, if that is the case.
Jake Collins
This suffers from reading like the series of newspaper inserts it started out as rather than a coherent book. Some of the ideas and jokes are recycled from previous Mole diaries (a couple even appear twice in this same book!) and Adrian comes too close to the "real" world when he talks about The Cappuccino Years being shown on TV.
Jul 27, 2010 Bluenose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 12, 2010 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-by-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
May 06, 2015 Kristie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if you're supposed to like Adrian Mole but I really did not. It's saving grace is that it made me laugh out loud at some of the ridiculousness.
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.
Nigel Carroll
Mar 21, 2016 Nigel Carroll rated it liked it
I kind of feel Sue lost the run of herself at times here- Adrian is very unlikable. Many inconsistencies with the storyline too.
Nov 28, 2008 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
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
Sep 20, 2014 GONZA rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 08, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another hilarious instalment of the missing years of Adrian Mole.
Feb 02, 2016 Gouthami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical British humour - some good laugh-out-louds
Humour. Humour. And more Humour. What's not to love?
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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)
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  • Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years (Adrian Mole, #8)

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