Thursday, 23 April 2015

THE GROWING PAINS OF ADRIAN MOLE – Sue Townsend, 1984

A further joy from Sue Townsend’s pen, the fruits of which I am joyfully rediscovering.
Adrian’s parents reconcile but spawn siblings for our hero with previous partners.

We see Adrian begin an awareness of the needs of others as Bert Baxter, once a ‘school project’ is now a real person. He also cultivates socialist tendencies and his relationship with Pandora is as rocky as ever. It seems that, just as before, the dog (with no name) is the most enduring – and appreciative – recipient of Adrian’s attention.

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