The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4

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  • What do you do when you are almost fourteen years old, convinced that you are an undiscovered intellectual, come from a highly dysfunctional family, have a grumpy old-aged pensioner and an uncontrollable dog to look after? Why, you keep a diary about it!

    Adrian is the only child of Pauline and George Mole. At almost 14, he is highly discontented with his life. He feels that his parents don't understand him and that they not only provide him with an inadequate diet but also with a lack of the intellectual stimulation he feels he needs to realise his true potential as an aspiring poet and writer.

    On top of this, after signing up to the "Good Samaritans" program at his school, he is assigned to assist 89-year-old Bert Baxter, a nasty, smelly old man with a very mean Alsatian named Sabre. His best friend, Nigel, has a house full of excellent consumer durables while Adrian feels he lives in abject poverty. Only the new girl at school, Pandora Braithwaite, brings light and love into Adrian's unhappy existence. Pandora thinks he is brilliant and is not bothered by the horrendous teenage spots which seem to plague him.

    Sue Townsend's "Adrian Mole" series was the Harry Potter of its day. Brilliantly written and superbly executed in every volume, this television production which deals with the events of the first book is well worth watching and I suggest you do!