• I've never experienced a greater sense of recognition than when reading The Secret Diary

    David Nicholls
  • Townsend's writing is still a delight, Adrian's poetry is still dreadful, and his sense of self-importance is still hilarious

    Radio Times
  • I not only wept, I howled and hooted and had to get up and walk around the room and wipe my eyes so that I could go on reading

    Tom Sharpe
  • Very funny indeed

    Sunday Times
  • Townsend has held a mirror up to the nation and made us happy to laugh at what we see in it

    Sunday Telegraph
  • Every sentence is witty and well thought out, and the whole has reverberations beyond itself

    The Times
  • One of the great comic creations

    Daily Mirror
  • A classic. The Adrian Mole diaries are thoroughly subversive. A true hero for our time

    Richard Ingrams
  • Adrian Mole is one of literature's great underachievers; his tragedy is that he knows it and the sadness of this undercuts the humour and makes us laugh not until, but while, it hurts

    Daily Mail
  • The funniest person in the world

    Caitlin Moran

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