For those of us who have grown up with Adrian Mole, from the agonies of adolescence in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ through. Buy Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years by none, Sue Townsend (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on. The Prostrate Years is the eighth in the series of Adrian Mole diaries. It kicks off in the sodden summer of Bankrupt, Adrian left London for.

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Archived from the original on I don’t know prowtrate this will be the last book in the series, but if it is, the ending is surprisingly upbeat, and leaves a tiny bit of hope, however infinitesimal, that Adrian’s future could contain possibly the smallest ray of sunshine.

On top of all this he has prostate cancer to cope with. Who will I look up to now? When Adrian tells her of his illness, she actively re-enters his life, much to the chagrin of his spouse. All in all a humourous but touching read about life and how it can seem pointless at times, but how there is a reason for all the pointlessness.

And maybe it’s just that I liked the ending of the Weapons of Mass Destruction. Unlike other reviewers I’ve always liked Adrian Mole as a character despite his many flaws but in this book because of the fact he had cancer and because he had matured e.

I didn’t know anything out about the book prior to reading so it came as a surprise that there were several other Adrian Mole books after his first two diaries which may well of helped explain the story better. Meanwhile, he struggles on with his own creative project: We’ll have to hope that Mole found the happiness that eluded him throughout the series, as it sure as heck deserted him here. Loved the end and can’t wait for the next installment.

Adrian Mole: the Prostrate Years by Sue Townsend: review

Jan 31, Cynthia rated it it was amazing Shelves: He remains committed to Literature, cycling to his day job in a second-hand bookshop and toiling in the evenings on his…. So even though I struggled with this book, I’m glad to have read Mole’s final chapters, and hope that he’s happy somewhere in his literary universe.


News of his proxtrate down there” soon spreads round the village, and everyone has a helpful story. But here’s my real issue – so many of the things in this book happened to him, because he was unlucky or in the wrong place at the wrong time, or just ’cause.

It’s not all doom and gloom however because the Pandora starts showing signs that she may finally be responding to Adrian’s life-long devotion From Adrian’s point of view, she’s continued to great success, a member of Parliament, still utterly beautiful, confident and comfortable. But then maybe that’s the point. I hurried through the book feverently, but was hit with bitter disappointment yewrs I sped-read through the last few entries.

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In his forties, Adrian still has all the faults that make us cringe and wonder why we love him, but he has had some of the rough edges prostfate off and greets yet another lost job, lost wife and disappointing child with his usual bewildered acceptance.

Adrian’s overachieving brother Brett is brought to the brink of madness and, worse, back to the wretched provinces by the credit crunch.

His little daughter is a psychopath. Worst of all, though, is wife Daisy’s dalliance with the local lord of the manor “I don’t see why women go barmy about Fairfax-Lycett. Adrian and Bernard become close friends during Bernard’s stay at The Piggeries, helping Adrian with household chores and a friendly ear.

This isn’t black comedy — Sue Townsend cares too much about her characters for that — but it’s certainly grim.

Adding to the woes are a looming redundancy, a professor who keeps hitting on him, Gordon Brown’s refusal to answer his letters, and lingering fantasies of old flame, Pandora. His daughter’s obsession with Disney Princesses may get her booted out of school.

The humour synonymous with Townsend’s style, and this series in particular, is still there, but different in the sense that instead of laughing bitterly at Adrian and his pathetic situations, instead we feel his pain and journey through the book alongside him, tittering at what we observe along the way.


I had a hard time reading this book, took me a long time as I found Mole and the surrounding characters extremely…sad or pathetic or selfish. Plotlines which were presumably destined for resolution in later books turn into cul-de-sacs. There’s a lot to admire in Adrian in this volume. Despite the deep, dark, potentially miserable core of the subject matter, Townsend keeps it light and refreshing, as we never stop rooting for the pathetic Mole, even as we mock his scruppleless existence.

Adrian’s employer at the antiquarian bookshop, Mr Carlton-Hayes is still going strong despite previous evidence that he might retire and leave the shop to Adrian. Even blind Nigel’s housework dog is not safe, its death only discovered after Nigel has got increasingly angry with its failure to answer the door.

Initially a successful businessman, he visits Adrian’s parents following Doreen’s sudden death and is frequently arrogant and degrading towards Adrian and Bernard. Although that’s assuming they were going to end at all: Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. T he many readers who grew up with Adrian Mole and consider him a contemporary will be shocked by the latest turn of events in his long-running diaries.

Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years

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The book ends as Adrian stands up and walks towards her. That said, this is one of the weaker books to my mind – but maybe it’s me who’s changed; everyone else seems to like it. And so this entry to the series seems tacked on to me. Proostrate still manage to get worse when Adrian becomes ill.