Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years by Sue Townsend

Adrian Mole is back in Adrian Mole: the Prostrate Years. And this time he’s 39 1/2 years old, married to Daisy, has a precocious daughter, is going to the toilet way too often, is still working at that bookshop and continues to harbour feelings for Pandora.

Drama continues to follow Adrian in his going nowhere life. He has a large tumour in his prostate, his mother and sister want to go on a controversial talk show to find out Rosie’s true paternity, and the married with kids Dr Pearce seems to interested in having an affair with him. Yes, with Adrian Mole. And he is fumblingly failing to avoid her advances.

This is my last Mole book, as well as the last completed diary of Adrian Mole as Sue Townsend passed away before being able to complete another one. Having come to Mole somewhat later in life, this particular instalment was most fitting to me, as a just turned 40-year-old. I am finally the same age as Adrian in the book, even though he is 11 years and 20 days older than me.

Townsend truly created a character unlike any other – he is full of misplaced self-confidence, kind but also delusional, and he never quite got anything go right for him. And even know she never completed the Mole book she was working on, I’m glad to know he lives on somewhere out there, that perhaps he’s battled cancer and won, and that maybe, just maybe, he’ll finally leave us on a positive note, hand in hand with Pandora.

Thank you, Sue Townsend. And goodbye, Adrian Mole.

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