27 February 2017

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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