The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (Adrian Mole, Book 2)

The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (Adrian Mole, Book 2)

Sue Townsend

Language: English

Pages: 326

ISBN: B00DO8VQLW

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Adrian Mole faces the same agonies which life sets before most adolescents: troubles with girls, school, parents, and an uncaring world. The difference, though, between young Master Mole and his peers is that this British lad keeps a diary -- an earnest chronicle of longing and disaster that has convulsed more than five million readers since its two-volume initial publication. From teenaged Adrian's obsession with intellectuality after understanding "nearly every word" of a Malcolm Muggeridge broadcast to his anguished adoration of a lovely, mercurial schoolmate, from his view of his parents' constantly creaking relationship to his heartfelt but hilarious attempts at cathartic verse, here is an outrageous triumph of deadpan, and deadly accurate, satire. ABBA, Princess Di's wedding, street punks. Monty Python, the Falklands campaign -- all the cultural pageantry of a keenly observed era marches past the unique perspective of Sue Townsend's brilliant comic creation: A. Mole, the unforgettable lad whose self-absorption only gets funnier as his life becomes more desperate.

Sunday July 18th.

My father announced at breakfast that he is going to have a vasectomy. I pushed my sausages away untouched.

In this second instalment of teenager Adrian Mole's diaries, the Mole family is in crisis and the country is beating the drum of war. While his parents have reconciled after both embarked on disastrous affairs, Adrian is shocked to learn of his mother's pregnancy.

And even though at the mercy of his rampant hormones and the fickle whims of the divine Pandora, a victim of a broken home and his own tortured (though unrecognised) genius, Adrian continues valiantly to chronicle the pains and pleasures of a misspent adolescence.

'Adrian Mole will be remembered some day as one of England's great diarists' Evening Standard

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'The funniest, most bitter-sweet book you're likely to read this year' <i>Daily Mirror

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'Funny, moving and a poke in the eye for adult morality' <i>Sunday Express

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Sue Townsend is Britain's favourite comic author. Since the publication of The <i>Secret Diaries of Adrian Mole Aged 13 and 3/4 in 1982, she has made us weep with laughter and pricked the nation's conscience. Seven further volumes of diaries have followed: The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole, The True Confessions of Adrian Albert Mole, Adrian Mole: The Wilderness Years, Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years, The Lost Diaries of Adrian Mole, Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction and Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years. All have been acclaimed bestsellers, some have been adapted for radio and TV, starring Lulu, Julie Walters and Stephen Mangan, among others. She has also written six other popular novels (The Queen and I, Queen Camilla, Number Ten, Rebuilding Coventry, Ghost Children and The Woman Who Went to Bed for A Year) and penned many well-received plays. She lives in Leicester, where she was born and grew up.

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look for a wild piece of countryside so that we could get back to nature and stuff. We pedalled for miles but all the woods and fields were guarded by barbed wire and ‘KEEP OUT’ notices, so we could only get near to nature. On the way back we had a philosophical discussion about war. Nigel is dead keen on it. It is his ambition to join the army. He said, ‘It’s a good life, and when I come back to civvy street I’ll have a trade.’ I thought, ‘What, as a contract killer?’ But I didn’t say

and viola lessons you know.’ He gave a big sigh and said, ‘Personally I’d give me right ball for a week in Skeggy.’ Pandora blushed a lovely pink colour and said, ‘I’m awfully sorry, Bert. One tends to forget that one’s privileged.’ Bert lit a Woodbine, sighed again and said: ‘I shan’t ’ave another holiday now, not at my age. No: death’s the only rest I’ve got to look forward to.’ To create a diversion Pandora phoned the hospital and asked how Queenie was. The nurse said, ‘Mrs Baxter asked for

picture of Bradford Town Hall. Bert had written, Dear Laddo, Having a good laugh with the old ’uns, we are visiting temples and going to weddings nearly every day. The grub is good but I’ve had to knock off the drink on account of the other old ‘uns’ religion. Queenie is coming out next week. So be a good lad and nip round and give the bungalow a bit of a tidy up. Yours affec’ly, Bert Pandora took her One-Star Canoeing test this afternoon. Her instructor, a bloke called Bill Sampson, said

We was shocked last Christmas as to how much smoking and drinking went on under your roof. You wasn’t brought up to it, Pauline. Your dad has never touched a drop in his life, nor has he been a slave to nicotine. We are decent God-fearing folk what knows our place and we only wish that you would take after us more before it’s too late. Uncle Dennis, Auntie Marcia and Cousin Maurice have moved out of the caravan and into a council house. They have got all modern facilities, Auntie Marcia jokes

We was shocked last Christmas as to how much smoking and drinking went on under your roof. You wasn’t brought up to it, Pauline. Your dad has never touched a drop in his life, nor has he been a slave to nicotine. We are decent God-fearing folk what knows our place and we only wish that you would take after us more before it’s too late. Uncle Dennis, Auntie Marcia and Cousin Maurice have moved out of the caravan and into a council house. They have got all modern facilities, Auntie Marcia jokes

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