British adolescent angst has never been so "laugh-out-loud funny" (The New York Times)—the journey begins with these first two books in the heartbreakingly hilarious series. Commiserate with "one of literature's most endearing figures" (The Observer)—a sharp-witted, pining, and achingly honest underdog of great expectations and dwindling patience who knows all (or believes he does) and tells all. First published in 1982, Adrian Mole's chronicle of angst has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide, spawned seven sequels, been adapted for television, and staged as a musical—truly "a phenomenon" (The Washington Post). The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13and ¾: Adrian Mole must amass his grievances—his acne vulgaris is grotesque; his crush, Pandora, has received seventeen Valentine's Day cards (seventeen!); his PE teacher is a sadist; he fears his parents' marriage is over since they no longer smoke together; his dog has gone AWOL; no one appreciates his poetry; and Animal Farm has set him off pork for good. If everyone were as appalled as Adrian Mole, it would be a better world. For now, for us, it's just "screamingly funny" (The Sunday Times). The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole: Growing up among inferiors in Great Britain isn't easy for a sensitive "poet of the Midlands" like Adrian, considering everything in the world is conspiring to scar him for life—his hormones are in a maelstrom; his mother is pregnant (at her age!); his girlfriend is in shut down; and he's become allergic to non-precious metals. As his "crisply hilarious saga" (Booklist) continues, the changes Adrian undergoes will surely be profound. "Townsend's wit is razor sharp" (Daily Mirror) as she shows us the world through the haunted eyes of her luckless teenage diarist and self-proclaimed "undiscovered intellectual," proving again and again why she's been called "a national treasure" (The New York Times Book Review).
by Sue Townsend
by Jonathan Swift
by Mike Townsend
by Jessica Townsend
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