In the latest installment of this bestselling saga, our hapless hero is now separated from his exotic and accomplished Nigerian wife (did he really think that could last?). He still pines for his first and only true love, Pandora Braithwaite, now a Labour M.P., and works as the cook at a smart London restaurant, Hoi Polloi, which specializes in repulsive workingclass food. A chance for a television series, Offaly Good!, is promisingat first. But Adrian is once again disappointed. Still, there is the possibility of a career writing cookbooks.
As his true confessions demonstrate, Adrian is making some progress. He is now a single father and determined to make things good for his threeyearold son. When, to his surprise, he finds that he has another son as wellan updated version of the Master Mole we have come to know and lovehe takes responsibility for this boy, too. Life continues to take him aback, but Adrian is finally beginning to cope.
The great baby you see there is not yet out of his swaddling-clouts.
- Shakespeare, Hamlet.
True, we might never have arrived, but the fact is we did. If only people thought a little more about it, they would see that life is not worth worrying about so much.
- Lermontov, A Hero of Our Time.
Dean Street, Soho
Wedneday, April 30th 1997
I take up my pen once again to record a momentous time in the affairs of men (and, thank God, because this is intended to be a secret diary, I am not required to add 'and women').
The day after tomorrow on May 2nd, as dawn breaks, I predict that the Labour Party will just scrape in, and will form the next government. Talk of a landslide victory is hysterical rubbish whipped up by the media.
My own prediction is based on 'insider' knowledge. The insider is an actor called Fred Gipton who was in An Inspector Calls with Tony Booth, the father-in-law of our future Prime Minister. Gipton spilled the beans in Hoi ...
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