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Adrian Mole

The Cappuccino Years

by Sue Townsend

Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend X
Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend
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    Aug 2000, 336 pages

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    Aug 2001, 400 pages

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'A terrific read ... the sort of diary that is irresistible, irreverent, revealing and impossible to put down.' Boston Globe

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 working–class food. A chance for a television series, Offaly Good!, is promising—at 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 three–year–old son. When, to his surprise, he finds that he has another son as well—an updated version of the Master Mole we have come to know and love—he 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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Boston Globe
A terrific read ... the sort of diary that is irresistible, irreverent, revealing and impossible to put down.

Boston Globe
A terrific read ... the sort of diary that is irresistible, irreverent, revealing and impossible to put down.

New York Times Book Review
A writer of great skill.

New York Times Book Review
A writer of great skill.

Newsweek
Adrian Mole, Superstar, has become one of the biggest successes... Hilarious!

Sunday Times (London)
Sue Townsend is an absolute gem

Sunday Times (London)
Sue Townsend is an absolute gem

Booklist - Donna Seaman
Townsend continues the crisply hilarious saga of Britain's favorite fictional diarist, Adrian Mole. ...Adrian is a comic Job in a world gone mad with irony and greed. But his confused heart brims with love and good intentions, and Townsend skewers end-of-the millennium Britain with acumen and glee.

Author Blurb Phyllis Diller
Wonderfully hilarious... It goes beyond Catcher in the Rye. You must read it. Trust me!

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Asa Nelson

A Fantastic Read!
If you’re a teenager looking for a hilarious book that addresses the many struggles of growing up and reveals even more, then The Adrian Mole Diaries is for you. Adrian is a boy growing up with a dysfunctional house, a school he dislikes, an image ...   Read More
Fran

Sue Townsend does it again!
Sue Townsend has done it again! After having read the other books in the series I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next installment. I was not disappointed! For anyone having a down day and wants cheering up, I guarantee after having read the ...   Read More
shubhamvada mathur

Two thumbs up!
Excellent book. Not just for adolescents but any age group. I could not stop smiling! It's a keeper.
Meena

I would recommend it to anyone.. one of the most funniest books of all time. Adrian continues to fight his uneventful life, and we sort of feel sorry for him somehow. But when the book is so hilarious, how can we stop laughing?

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