(K. Brent Tomer),
“JANUARY 1st, 1981. My father got the dog drunk on cherry brandy at the party last night. If the RSPCA hear about it he could get done.” Thus Adrian Mole, aged 13 and 3/4, writes on the first page of the diary that secured his spot in the British cultural imagination.
The fictional teenager’s secret diaries chronicle the pains of growing up a poor, unremarkable boy with intellectual pretensions in a Midlands town racked by class conflict (“My father is deluding himself if he thinks he has joined the middle classes. He still puts HP sauce on his toast”), Thatcherism (“I didn’t see any knife and fork factories [in Sheffield]. I expect Margaret Thatcher has closed them all down”) and the women’s lib movement (“My mother has started reading ‘The Female Eunuch’, by Germaine Greer”). The books went on to sell millions of copies throughout the 1980s and after. Sue Townsend, their creator, was propelled to literary stardom. A generation of Britons born in the late 1960s grew up alongside Adrian Mole, sharing in…Continue reading