Having first been introduced to Adrian Mole at the tender and angst filled age of 13 ¾, on the 2nd April this year the much-loved creation of Sue Townsend will be celebrating his 50th birthday.

To mark the occasion Penguin Random House is planning a series of celebratory activities, including the launch of Mole Press – an exclusive new poetry imprint featuring the work of only one, misunderstood intellectual and tortured poet, – Adrian Mole. Finally, Adrian's life-long dream will come true – a celebrated and published poet!

The book will be published in paperback on 16th March, just in time for World Poetry Day.

The Collected Poems by Adrian Mole gathers Adrian’s poems from all eight of his diaries for the first time. From his timeless debut - The Tap - via classic odes to his muse, first and only true love Pandora (I adore ya) as well as his burgeoning political anger in Mrs Thatcher (Do you weep, Mrs Thatcher, do you weep?) - Adrian Mole moves readers in ways they cannot expect.

The Tap, by Adrian Mole 

The tap drips and keeps me awake, 
In the morning there will be a lake. 
For the want of a washer the carpet will spoil, 
Then for another my father will toil. 
My father can snuff it while he is at work. 
Dad, fit a washer don’t be a burk!

The poetry book is just part of a whole host of birthday celebrations that are planned to celebrate this important Adrian milestone, and to continue Sue Townsend’s publishing legacy including all eight diaries being re-published with new anniversary covers, and bringing Secret Diary and Growing Pains together in the same edition for the first time.

Louise Moore, Michael Joseph Managing Director and Sue Townsend’s publisher said:

‘Sue Townsend was a brilliant, funny woman, who wrote such intricate and hilarious fiction. It’s seen as easy, and I think that’s extraordinary, when it’s so hard to do. The fact that we are celebrating Adrian on his 50th birthday, and what would be Sue’s 71st, shows how deeply placed Adrian is in the public consciousness. I couldn’t be prouder that Michael Joseph is launching Mole Press to both celebrate his landmark year and finally put him out of his angst-ridden misery as a published poet.’

To find out more about Michael Joseph's publishing click here.

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  • Adrian Mole: The Collected Poems

  • 'It's really, really, really funny' David Walliams

    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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