A book from my childhood, I recently picked up The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole. Ignoring the blasts from the past that made me feel old, it was immediately clear why this is considered a classic. The writing was both emotional and humorous, without being over the top on either. I particularly loved Adrian's report of the school trip to London, with Pandora Braithwaite keeping order.
What did surprise me was Adrian's character. I had memories of him lacking the ability to stand up for himself, but in reality he had a self-deprecating sense of humour and an inner confidence. Adrian doesn't let himself get taken advantage off, despite the attempts by pretty much every other character in the book.
Sue Townsend had a similar background to her main character, working three jobs to support herself and her children when she became a single mother. Adrian Mole is a huge testament to a brilliant writer who worked for everything she gained. I have passed this book onto my eldest son in the hope he enjoys it also.
Following watching the film The Post, I am currently reading Katherine Graham's biography, Personal History, and will report shortly with my views.