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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 the count

Kindle Edition, 480 pages
Published (first published 2009)
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Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humorous-fiction
"...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
Jan 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Gemma Scott
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ben Baker
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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?
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
Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing
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
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, england, humor
Adrian Mole has been making me laugh since I was 13, and he's still doing it now that I'm 29(It's my birthday today!). He's now at the grand old age of 39 and is on his third marriage. And still not been published by the BBC!

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
Jane Hope
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In short, I cried.
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other
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
Aug 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mark Barrett
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having grown up with Adrian Mole, I was desperately hoping that this one would not disappoint. It didn't.

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
Jim Rimmer
Sep 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Główny problem z Adrianem jest taki, że gość po prostu nie dorasta. Z czterdziechą na karku zachowuje się tak, jakby wciąż miał lat 14. Wiem, rozumiem, a nawet czaję, że taki miał być urok tej postaci. Ale mnie, jako czytelnika strasznie upierdliwego, taki stan rzeczy najzwyczajniej w świecie irytuje!

Z tej powieści zupełnie nic się nie wynosi. Opinia z okładki: „To najbardziej szczera – i najbardziej wzruszająca – książka o życiu z rakiem, jaką można sobie wyobrazić” jest kompletną bzdurą. Reda
Megan Baxter
I have read all the Adrian Mole books - indeed, I was delighted when the library catalogue told me there were two I didn't realize had been published! And while I plowed through and loved The Weapons of Mass Destruction, I would have to say that I find the Prostrate Years the weakest entry in Adrian Mole's extensive output. (Or, you know, Sue Townsend's.)

It felt less topical - the last two were both extremely topical and sharp-tongued about current events and celebrity, and this one, set geograp
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
G. Lawrence
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whenever I feel low, I turn to Adrian Mole and somehow always feel as though I've met up with an old friend, and found solace. I love the diaries of Adrian Mole, but this one I find especially touching, perhaps because Adrian has grown up and faces many of the challenges we unfortunate adults often do in life. I recommend this book wholeheartedly, especially for fans of the earlier diaries, but also for those facing cancer in their own lives, or lives of loved ones. It helps sometimes to watch t ...more
Jan 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jun 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 15, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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.

Daniel Lorne
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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?
Madeline McEwen
Brilliant! Howling with miserable laughter.
De Meulder
Jan 04, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Helemaal niet zo goed als de andere. En hij heeft kanker wat een domper is op het plezier.
Jeff Buddle
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's fitting that I found the final book in the Adrian Mole series while (or should I say whilst) in London. I've been reading Sue Townsend's Mole books since 1986 when the first two were released in a single hardback volume in the U.S. This is a fitting cap to the series, although it wasn't meant to be the end. Sadly, Ms. Townsend was planning another volume before she passed away a few years back.

This volume is the darkest of the lot, Adrian encounters his usual share of troubles (shaky employ
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I always enjoy Adrian Mole the most when he’s a little absurd and a little unequipped to deal with life. The times when things get too mundane (see: Wilderness Years) is when I start to enjoy them a little less. In this book, however, things don’t just get mundane, they get downright depressing. Between health issues, family issues, job issues, and relationship issues, this book hits pretty much all the lows it possibly could - and not even a whole lot of humour to surpass it. It starts off fair ...more
Rob Osment
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really didn't want to finish this book. Since Sue Townsend's sad passing, there was always the horrid prospect that this would be my last ever time reading a new Adrian Mole diary. This is a character I have grown up with, starting off reading the orginal when I was about 5 years older than his 13 3/4 years. Over time, I've read each diary at similar stages to his life, with this final book putting me less than a year behind him. Alas, I'll now age beyond him forever now.

This is a fantastic fi
Martin Vickers
The Prostrate Years was more black comedy than lighthearted read. Cancer, adultery and money problems are at the heart of the book so at times it felt like an Eastenders plot line. I didn't know anything out about the book prior to reading so it came as a surprise that there were several other Adrian Mole books after his first two diaries which may well of helped explain the story better. It has come as a bigger shock to find out that Sue Townsend died a few years ago whilst preparing another in ...more
Remy Sharp
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I had a hard time reading this book, took me a long time as I found Mole and the surrounding characters extremely…sad or pathetic or selfish. It continued on like this until about 80% where I started to enjoy the book a little more and the characters finally start to bloom and become more complex, and endearing.

It ends on a hopeful note, and after realising this was the last Mole story that Sue Townsend wrote before passing away, leaves me a little sad that this life sort of vanishes with her.
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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

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)
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“Pauline: "All under-fives are mad Adrian, you used to talk to the moon. You invited it to your birthday party and cried when it didn't turn up."
George: "When it went dark and the moon came up, you ran outside and threw a sausage roll at it!”
“Bernard patted his arm and said, ‘Hitesh, old flower, Christmas is exactly the same, it’s you who have changed.” 1 likes
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