The enduring appeal of Adrian Mole Now aged 48, he began reading the Secret Diary as a teenager.
"Obviously when you read it as a 13 or 14 year old you miss some of the nuances, but what's so clever about the books is that you get so many different perspectives," he says."It's written from the point of view of a 13 year old boy, but it's also there's the story of [his separating] parents. It's a very clever trick, because through his lack of awareness you learn so much about marriage, parenting and pandora charms usa life."Sue was very engaged politically and socially tuned in to what was going on, and Adrian was her way in to discuss that," Mangan adds."She deals with big cultural phenomena through the books real pandora bracelet and with characters you love and sympathise with."We can be very entrenched in our attitudes, and with comedy, especially one based on a dweeby and nerdy loser like Adrian, bypasses this.Then a young nanny and pandora bracelet store now a successful novelist in her own right she instantly recognised the problems occupying Mole."I read it when it first came out and although I was 19 not 13 and had just moved to London it was interesting because it was like a vindication," she says."He was neurotic, he was anxious, but he didn't mind about it, he just got on with worrying, and it was the same stuff that I was worrying about."He was worrying about his family, his mother's drinking and promiscuity, and I think it was the first time there was a character doing this sort of thing in such a charming way."Stibbe's collection of letters Love, Nina chronicles her time observing the London literary scene of the 1980s (she was employed as a nanny by Kay Wilmers, editor of the London Review of Books, and frequent visitors to the houses included Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller)."I think people can identify with him the way he worries about things that might go wrong is something that affects us all, whether it's health or what's happening next year."I wrote about divorce once, and I thought about [Mole's parents] George and Pauline's marriage, because it's so interestingly done my parents had lots of friends like that."It was all so real, and Sue was writing from experience. The main thing is that it's hilarious, that's the nub and the magic of it."Louise Moore, publisherLouise Moore grew up reading the Mole diaries and years later wrote a fan letter to Townsend which led to a sale pandora bracelet long lasting friendship.When Townsend asked Moore to publish The Cappuccino Years, in which Mole has a brief stint as a celebrity chef before moving back to his native Leicestershire, she described it as "like winning the Lottery"."I'd just left school [when I read the Secret Diary.] and I loved it," she said."It's the quintessential humour that I love.She says Mole's "everyman" qualities kept fans on his side throughout his struggles with life."Sue was very clear that she didn't want Adrian to grow up and be unappealing," she adds."She knew him so well, she'd said that when she was writing other books she'd start to think about him, and he followed her through her life."He was her mouthpiece in a way.
He's very ridiculous and nave, but he also has a great wisdom and empathy for the human condition."He quietly triumphs in the face of almost constant adversity he's one of the world's unsung, ordinary heroes.".
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