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Book Review: True Confessions Of Adrian Mole

True Confessions Of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend
This 1990 novella is the 3rd in the Mole series after ‘The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾’ and ‘The Growing Pains Of Adrian Mole’. It begins with more naïve bewildered Adrian adventures and bad continuity (Scruton is still headmaster and Adrian doesn’t know what a half crown is). Then follows a collection of Susan Lilian Townsend’s own boring memoirs and then follows a hilarious and knife sharp 1930’s diary of Margaret Hilda Roberts, a robust schoolgirl who would grow up to be Thatcher. This was okay but not one of the stronger Mole books.

Best Lines:
“Just my luck to have philistines for relations.”

“He flung his five pence tip into the gutter and drove off shouting horrible things.”

“Your half-witted relations.”

“They will never pilgrimage to the Louvre Museum to see Michelangelo’s Mona Lisa.”

“Said that if she had to stare up the rear of another turkey she would go berserk.”

“He choose the maggots.”

“Slag heap land.”

“Gormless Howe, the village idiot.”

“I hate ferrets, dripping, pigeons, corner shops and fat, ugly, pale people who are unable to speak in complete sentences.”
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