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Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction

(Adrian Mole #6)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  5,991 ratings  ·  268 reviews
Adrian Mole, now age thirty-four and three quarters, needs proof that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction so he can get a refund from a travel agency of the deposit he paid on a trip to Cyprus. Naturally, he writes to Tony Blair for some evidence.

He’s engaged to Marigold, but obsessed with her voluptuous sister. And he is so deeply in debt to banks and credit c
Paperback, 332 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Soho Press (first published 2004)
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Bionic Jean
This is the eighth book about Adrian Mole (don't ask ...) who started his literary life in 1982, at the age of thirteen and three quarters. The series of books has kept pace with his age and it feels as though it is winding down. The running joke about the inept Adrian is wearing a bit thin, and to put him in the idiotic situation of writing letters to the prime minister so that he can get a refund on his upcoming foreign holiday, seems too ludicrously contrived to be funny.

The book was written
Mar 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, humour, abandoned
Adrian Mole can be a funny character at times.
Earlier I had read The Cappuccino Years and found it fairly interesting.

I expected this to be a political satire.But it's not really about Bush and Blair's invasion of Iraq on the pretext of Saddam stockpiling weapons of mass destruction.

Adrian Mole writes to Blair to provide some evidence of the existence of the WMDs.He worries that his son could be deployed to Iraq.

But mostly it is about Adrian Mole's life and other things.There is the odd funny li
Iona  Stewart
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is yet another laugh-out-loud Adrian Mole diary. This time he begins the diary at the age of 34, but he is still the same earnest, pedantic, letter-writing Adrian.

He has moved away from his flaky parents’ home into a pricey loft apartment on Rat Wharf, not realizing that there’s a reason for the “rat” appellation. It could also have been called “Aggressive Swan Wharf” for that matter, but we’ll get back to that later.

Adrian is a great admirer of Tony Blair and a staunch believer in the exis
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am deducting one star because the general politics of the book is a strangely British combination of do-nothingism and liberal fetish. But I am still a bit awestruck that Townsend wrote a book of this size with a humour that never, ever got tedious, even with the politics, on a beach in eastern Europe with 30 lesser books cycling through my brain. It's possible I am the most demanding of all when it comes to humour, and I have such an absolutely begrudging, absolutely astonished admiration for ...more
Sara Townsend
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-fiction
I feel like I've grown up with Adrian Mole. I've been following his exploits since I was 13 years old, and as a character fixed in time, he's a year or two older than me.

This book chronicles Adrian's life in 2003, age 34, with the backdrop of the war in Iraq. He worries about his 17-year-old son, who has joined the army and has been deployed to Kuwait, he struggles with a debt problem that's spiralling out of control, and still his love life is as disastrous as ever - he's trying to extricate hi
Jun 19, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As a teenager I loved the Adrian Mole books, and even re-reading the original two again recently I found them still a funny read, more for nostalgia than anything I think.

Moving on to Adrian as an adult, I didn't love the Cappuccino Years, but it was okay. This however tested my patience. Adrian as a teenager was amusing as an adult, down right irritating but it was Marigold that killed it for me. I know she is meant to be an emotional vampire that you hate and that it the point of her character
Richard Barnes
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite simply the finest and funniest and most moving skewering of Blair's era and his grand folly.

The shallowness of early 21st century Britain is exposed as even Mole, surely the most unfashionable man on Earth, gets caught up (living a lifestyle, not a life as one character puts it). His love life goes through one of its most tumultuous periods with one of his most appalling partners (which is saying something).

Townsend's skills hit their height here, where she deftly brings the laughs and the
Francis James
Entertaining as always!
Heidi Burkhart
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this even more after my second reading of this title. Townsend was such a clever writer, and her stories are just so engaging!

The fifth book in our series of readings from Adrian’s diaries, written by Sue Townsend. It starts in 2002 and covers the controversial period of the Iraq War.

Adrian is 34, working in a bookshop in Leicester and about to become the proud owner of a trendy loft apartment. His single status is about to change too, putting further strain on his already stretched finances. As war looms, Adrian is unwavering in his support for Prime Minister Tony Blair and mili
Sara Eames
Mar 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I first read the Adrian Mole diaries when I was at school but soon stopped reading them. However, at my book swap, I noticed this one on the table and thought I would revisit Mole and see how his life had progressed, as it were. Basically, this is an ok book - a standard Adrian Mole story - amusing at times but not laugh-out-loud funny. Adrian has grown-up (sort of) but still takes no responsibility for his life. Some fo the situations he found himself in were frustrating - you just wanted him t ...more
Robyn Smith
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sue Townsend did it again with this poignant tale of a grown-up Adrian, working in a seedy second-hand bookshop in London.
I wonder if Adrian was secretly a bit autistic, as some of his behaviour, especially towards his girlfriend, Marigold,seems redolent of Don Tillman in The Rosie Project.
I just read that Sue Townsend had gone blind from diabetes when she wrote this novel. She dictated it to her husband. also, she was working on a sixth Adrian Mole novel when she died, entitled Pandora's Box.
Apr 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not realize there were several Adrian Mole books and while I did recognize a few references to earlier storylines that I of course did not have the background knowledge on while reading this book, I did not feel in any way lost because I had not started with the first book.
I found this story entertaining and I enjoyed the diary entry format.
With that said, I cannot see myself rushing out to locate the rest of the series. This was a good one off light read.
Aug 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I liked this one better than the prior one in the series. If it drives you crazy to read about someone who chooses the opposite of what he knows he should do for almost every decision, then you probably shouldn't read it. ...more
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admire the scope of the series, which now spans three decades. It follows the political and social history of Britain closely all the way, and it's told from a vantage point well outside the normal ones favoured by writers (ie he's not posh and lives in Not London).
Adrian Mole is now well into his thirties and engaged to someone he doesn't love or even like very much. He's still very much himself and, as I said in my reaction to one of the earlier books, adult Adrian is slightly creepi
Max Urai
I don't believe in guilty pleasures because it's weird to feel guilt about something you like. But the Adrian Mole books are a silly pleasure to me, especially the latter ones, when the teenage whining has made way for his adult troubles. I do think he is one of the great comic characters in the British canon, even though his books flounder a bit when it comes to writing. ...more
Blu Anna
Jan 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: adrian-mole
Adrian Mole is now in his mid thirties. His son is now in the army and he has a new woman in his life called Marigold. How long will this last?
Valerie Jayne
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
Still a masterpiece after all these years. How I miss Sue Townsend and wish she could report the current shower through Adrian's eyes. Her writing is so witty and her characterisation is so economical but effective: Michael Flowers and his mostly dreadful family are perfectly balanced with the more serious storylines of Adrian's money troubles and Glenn in Basra. Perfect comfort reading while still acerbic. Miss you Sue. ...more
Jul 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: humorous-fiction
Adrian Mole is now 34 3/4 years old and as the story begins he has canceled his holiday in Cyprus because of Tony Blair’s warnings that Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction could target the island in 45 minutes. Unfortunately, his travel agent won’t refund his deposit until evidence of the WMDs is put forward. Soooo, true to form, Adrian writes a series of letters to Mr. Blair requesting that Mr. Blair provide this proof to said travel agent.

Although the war does bring a sad note to the
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was eight years old when Tony Blair and George Bush declared war on Iraq. I remember my parents gathering my older brother and I in the kitchen and telling us what was happening and that there was no need to be worried or scared.

I first read Weapons of Mass Destruction as a sixteen year old sixth former. At the time of reading I had given up on my geography a-level and my teachers had given up on me in return so they just let me get on with my reading at the back of the classroom. I remember d
Katherine Hetzel
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
This particular book felt contrived to shoehorn in as many of the current news items as possible from the time of writing.

Adrian continues to be irresponsible, immature, stupid with a capital S, and frankly, bloody annoying! In that sense, he is now becoming unrealistic, as most folks would have at least changed a little bit by their mid-thirties. He hasn't, and the novelty's wearing off. I'm not sure whether Sue Townsend was getting fed up with him too by the end of the novel, because the endi
Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction by Sue Townsend
Eight out of 10

Given the tremendous success of The Secret Diary Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾ - - listed on The Guardian’s 1,000 Novels Everyone Must Read list, it is only natural to expect sequels, although as the case often is, what follows an acclaimed work does not rise to the level of the first installment – for the sixth ‘episode in the series’, one critic is right in observing that the ‘immatu
Oct 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how she does it, but Townsend has kept Adrian Mole fresh, funny, and touching all these years, since The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4. Here Adrian is in his thirties, with two sons, one in the army, one in Africa with his mother; his relationship with the son in the army is particularly well-done, as Glenn goes to Iraq and Adrian, previously a supporter of the war, becomes uncertain of his feelings about it. As usual, Adrian gets into more messes than he can handle, roma ...more
Timothy Urban
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Adrian Mole books are like Bob Dylan. The perception is the earlier stuff is better, but fans know that's not so. Mole books get better and better. I think this is my favourite. It has the biggest laughs, the most drama, the best romantic highs and lows, and has Adrian finally maturing into a reasonably normal adult.

All the books work best when they're gently mocking the stupidity, faddishness and false hopes of recent history (The AA are now supplying gas). The mocking gives way to barely conc
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Adrian at 34 & 3 quarters is his usual conflicted self--trying to get out of a pending marriage with Marigold, going madly into debt to buy a lifestyle, supporting Tony Blair in the war on Iraq, fighting off the attacking swans outside his loft on Rat Wharf in Leicester.

Sue Townsend writes really funny books.
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much fun to read! Great characters and an entertaining storyline. I couldn't put this book down because I always wanted to know what was going to happen to Adrian next, and how things were going to pan out with regards to his crazy relationships and his opinions on the Iraq war. Brilliant! ...more
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't aware this was a book series although you can definitely read it as a standalone book which is what I did. Very British humour!! It was funny but I wasn't screaming with laughter. Good for those who are fans of Ricky Gervais style humour!! ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. I really wanted to love this, the first of the Adrian Moles I've ever read, but frankly I didn't. I certainly wouldn't say I hated it, but I didn't laugh out loud. Quick relaxing read but I don't think I will bother with the others. ...more
Steven Clark
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
1984 had Winston Smith, and Adrian Mole is a kind of Winston Smith making his way in a less diabolical but equally frustrating Britain of socialism and Tony Blair. I didn't know there is a series of these books. I had returned library books, couldn't check anymore because the libraries were shut down again due to Covid, so I found Adrian Mole on the cast-off shelf.
It's a perfect Covid read. Adrian's world is at times depressing, frustrating, and hilarious. I laughed out loud many times, and this
Victoria Zigler
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
For the most part this was another exceelent addition to this series. However, it was spoiled for me a little by the way a blind character was handled. I appreciate that most people haven't had much contact with visually impaired people, so the main character's initial behaviour towards him is understandable. I have to say though, speaking as a blind person who went through sight loss as an adult myself, if my friends continued to act that way to me - doing things like leading me by the front of ...more
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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 tended to combine comedy with social commentary, though she has written purely dramatic works as well. She suffered from diabetes for many years, as

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