Mole Press – a brand new imprint of Penguin Books – is proud to announce the first publication of The Collected Poems of Adrian Mole to mark the author’s 50TH birthday. ————————— ‘Edgy politics, tortured eroticism, misunderstood intellect, changing Britain – a whiff of the sublime. Mole’s contribution is significant’ Daily Telegraph Featuring poems scattered over nearly thirty years of writing and salvaged from the diaries ‘authored’ by one Sue Townsend, this slim volume features more than thirty pieces of Adrian’s unique art.
From his timeless first documented poem – The Tap – via classic odes to his muse, first and only true love Pandora (I adore ya), we follow Adrian’s life in verse form. We not only witness his burgeoning political anger in works like Mrs Thatcher (Do you weep, Mrs Thatcher, do you weep?) but also see in later poems his merciless examination of the hollow shell of masculinity as well as documenting his declining libido in tragic pieces like To My Organ. For the first time in a single volume, these are the collected poems of misunderstood intellectual and tortured poet Adrian Mole.
‘I ruthlessly exploited Adrian. But he can’t afford to sue me’ Sue Townsend ‘Wonderfully funny and sharp as knives’ Sunday Times ‘One of the great comic creations’ Daily Mirror ‘The funniest person in the world’ Caitlin Moran
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