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I've read the first two and thought they were very entertaining, I hadn't realised there were so many though....


I had no idea there were as many as eight books. Glad to hear you found the first two entertaining, though.


The original Adrian Mole volume was voted BBC Radio 4's Open Book 'funniest book' (24/12/11). Hear how the voting went:


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Open Book's 'funniest book' was missing :)


I also read the first two and found them entertaining. Somewhere along the years, I have picked up another one (in his adult years) but haven't read it.

Have you read other books by Townsend? I've read Rebuilding Coventry (a bit sad - it comes to mind occasionally) and The Queen and I - "a story about the British royal family living a 'normal' life on an urban housing estate following a republican revolution". I _loved_ that one - and see that in recent years she put out one called Queen Camilla (will look for that one).


I've been in love with these books since the first one came out and have read the whole lot. Goodness knows how many times I've re-read the first one.
Sue Townsend is brilliant at catching the mood of the moment, so each book is set firmly in its own time. Adrian is a flawed hero but loveable and the books both laugh-out-loud funny and touching. I see he gets several mentions on my LJ. I'd also recommend The Queen and I.

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Many thanks, Andy.


No, I haven't read any of Sue Townsend's books, but I like the sound of The Queen and I.

Mr Cornflower

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I've read the first two, and Wilderness Years, and found them amusing, but I wouldn't read them again - once was enough.


I read the first two as a teenager, so late '80s or early '90s then, but like CrissCross, I wouldn't reread them. I remember them as being similar to the Wimpy Kid series today.

Rosie H

I read the first two when I was quite young - certainly under ten - and think I spoilt them for myself by doing so, because I didn't realise they were meant to be funny. After all, my only other experience of reading a book in diary format was The Diary of Anne Frank ...

Dark Puss

Yes I read some of them, certainly the first three, and liked them a great deal at the time. I could certainly empathise with Adrian's teenage lust for Pandora! As Barbara says, they catch the mood of their time very well.

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