Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years
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 count
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 ...more
(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 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 ...more
I think the reason I, and so many others like these books, is that you can find situations in here that you recognise in your own family and sometimes in yourself. Adrian's mum telling the story of his birth on his birthday for example. Every year! I know someone like this ...more
Adrian is living in a converted pigsty and working at a bookshop.
Mr Carlton-Hughes who owns the bookshop is ill. He lives with his friend Leslie but Adrian doesn’t know whether Leslie is a man or a woman.
Adrian’s little daughter Gracie is quite the dictator and wins every argument against him.
He is still an incessant letter-wri ...more
Great fun start to finish. The opening couple of weeks in particular - getting you back into the picture, reminding you of characters whilst introducing new ones etc. - were just a joy. They had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion.
Despite the deep, dark, potentially miserable core of the subject matter, Townsend keeps it light and refreshing, as we never stop rooting for the path ...more
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 ...more
As always things are not going well for our generations greatest diarist. Lost count of the number of times I've read this series over the years but every time I come back to it it is an absolute joy. And the final diary entry of the Mole Diaries is possibly the most perfect of endings.
It felt less topical - the last two were both extremely topical and sharp-tongued about current events and celebrity, and this one, set geograp ...more
That said, this is one of the weaker books to my mind - but maybe it's me who's changed; every ...more
I just finished the final novel featuring the title character. Adrian was born in the same year as my myself & ,in my humble opinion, one of the defining British voices of Generation -X .From spotty-faced Adolescent to Early Middle Aged bookseller,I've followed the few ups & (many) downs of this nebbish-y struggling writer(w ...more
This volume is the darkest of the lot, Adrian encounters his usual share of troubles (shaky employ ...more
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 ...more
Other books in the series
George: "When it went dark and the moon came up, you ran outside and threw a sausage roll at it!”