Adrian Albert Mole: the protagonist of the series. Born April 2nd 1967 ( or 1968 see below) An unremarkable middle-English boy who begins a personal diary on January 1st 1981, and continues it intermittently over the course of his adult life.
Overall, Adrian is an average man with many normal human shortcomings, but has a very good heart and deals with life's challenges in a manner sometimes comic, always honest. He has a timeless appeal to the everyman sentiment in all reader.
Adrian attends Neil Armstrong comprehensive school in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicester. He is not particularly clever or athletic, but gets average grades and has a few friends. At the age of 14 he comes to fancy himself an intellectual, beginning to write poetry. He finds his first girlfriend, Pandora Braithwaite, although he does not lose his virginity until several years later. Both of Adrian's parents have affairs, leading to two separations and subsequent reunions; Adrian and Pandora likewise got through a number of rough spots. Their young love, which forms the very core of Adrian's emotional life, is kept strong by mutual appreciation of art, literature, left-wing politics and romantic ideals. They are completely honest and comfortable with each other.
A habitual worrier, he broods endlessly about his acne, his parents' marital difficulties, and his relationship with Pandora. He is bullied for a time by Barry Kent, although he later joins his gang.
After finishing his GCSEs, he takes A-Levels, and fails all but 1 subject (English). When Pandora departs for university, Adrian remains devoted to her and corresponds regularly, but she gradually and inevitably leaves him behind. Adrian's first job after leaving school is at the local library, since he wished to immerse himself in literature; he finds the work far less rewarding than he expected - indeed, he lost his job after amalgamating Romantic Fiction with Modern Classics, much to the disgust of his boss, who proceeds to have an argument with Adrian about the relevance of Jane Austen.
Adrian is forced to leave home when he is 20 because he lied that he has got married when he didnt, as his mother is determined to rent out his room. Moving in briefly with his then-girlfriend Sharon Bott and her family is nightmarish; he soon relocates to Oxford, where Pandora allows him to stay in the box room of her flat. Adrian manages to get a job as newt conservation officer at the Department of the Environment (by faking an A-Level Biology certificate). He comes to despise his job, but remains there for about 2 years, all the while suffering the torment of watching Pandora get involved with a variety of other men. His parents separate again, Pauline Molemarrying her much younger lodger, Martin Muffett.
In this period, Adrian completes his two greatest creative endeavours: an epic poem entitled The Restless Tadpoleand the pretentious, plotless novel Lo, the Flat Hills of My Homeland. Both are decried as hopelessly amateur and rejected by a number of publishers. At the same time, Adrian is amazed and appalled as Barry Kent, once a barely-literate thug, becomes a successful, respected author.
In 1991 Adrian loses both his residence and his employment. He returns to Leicester and lodges first with Bert Baxter, then his grandmother. However, fortune smiles in the form of new girlfriend Bianca Dartington, who gives Adrian a home in London and a job with her employer, Savage's restaurant.
His happiness with Bianca is short-lived, as their passion soon wanes and she finally leaves him - for Pauline Mole's toyboy husband, Martin Muffet. Adrian keeps her former flat and continues working at Savage's. Shortly thereafter, he meets the beautiful Jo-Jo who fills the void in his heart and eventually agrees to marry him. They have one child,William (later Wole) Mole. Adrian's culinary employment lasts for the next 5 years, making him an accomplished offal chef.
Adrian's marriage to Jo-Jo fails, ending when she moves back to Nigeria in early 1997.
Whilst helping out with Pandora's electoral victory celebration, 30-year-old Adrian befriends a pensioner named Archie Tait, who later dies and shockingly leaves a house to him. Adrian discovers he has an illegitimate son,Glenn, from his former relationship with Sharon. He finally achieves some measure of media attention as a TV chef, co-presenting Offally Good and being asked to author the accompanying receipe book; ironically, he finds himself unable to compose appropriate prose, and his mother has to ghost-write the book for him. Moving into his new home with his two sons and having earned a substantial royalty, Adrian seems to have a promising future - until Glenn's tutor, Eleanor Flood , develops a dangerous obsession with him. When Adrian declines to return her romantic interest, she burns his house to the ground. Only now do we learn she has a history of committing arson, and that Adrian had never bothered to take out insurance, she still occasionally writes to him despite his never ending attempts to stop the letters
Adrian and his children are forced to move back with George and Pauline for over a year, sleeping in a single room, until he is allocated a council house on the notoriously criminal Gaitskell estate (late 1999). They fortunately avoid theft due to their state of penury, while Adrian works at a couple of low-paid temporary jobs and dates council worker Pamela Pigg, although the relationship leads nowhere. He begins two more attempts at novel-writing, which are soon abandoned. Near the end of 2001 Adrian finds permanent employment as shop assistant in Hugh- Carlton- Hayes ' antiquarian bookstore, a job which he enjoys. The following year, Glenn leaves to join the Army and Jo-Jo takes William to live with her in Africa.
With a modest but steady income and no children to support, Adrian decides to make a fresh start, taking out a mortgage on a canal-side loft apartment. He quickly borrows excessively on credit and store cards to furnish the place. Becoming involved with flaky, neurotic New-Ager Marigold Flowers is a big mistake, as she is unwilling to terminate their relationship and fakes first appendicitis, then a pregnancy, to coerce Adrian into marriage; at the same time, he begins a passionate affair with Marigold's lovely half-sister Daisy Flowers. Daisy finally gives him the resolve to break his expensive and unwilling engagement to Marigold; whereupon Marigold finds genuine love with Bruce Henderson, while Adrian comes close to bankruptcy. He retains his job but is forced to sell his apartment and his car, then marries Daisy and moves into one of his parents' newly-converted pigsty homes, where they have an inexpensive and happy life together.
Mother: Pauline Mole
Father: George Mole
Maternal half-sister: Rosie Mole
Paternal half-brother: Brett Slater
Maternal grandmother: May Mole
Paternal grandfather: Albert Mole
Maternal grandmother: Mrs. Sudgen
Paternal grandfather: Mr. Sudgen
Paternal aunt: Susan Mole
Maternal uncle: Dennis Sudgen
First cousin: Maurice Sudgen
The year of Adrian's birth is usually understood to be 1967 - but is sometimes, apparently, 1968
The Secret Diary of Adrian Molehashis14th birthday as April 2, four months before the marriage of Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana Spencer on July 29, 1981, placing his birth on Sue Townsend's 21st birthday, April 2, 1967. This is confirmed in the second novel, The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole, which has Adrian's 16th birthday 2 months before the general election of June 9, 1983. The collection Adrian Mole: From Minor to Major stated to chronicle the first 10 years of his diaries, and ends on January 1, 1991: thus confirming the start of the first book as January 1, 1981 and Adrian's year of birth as 1967.
Howevever, the intermediate book True Confessions of Adrian Albert Mole begins at Christmas 1984, when Adrian states he is 16 years and 8 months old - which would mean he was born in 1968, not 67. In a following chapter set in June 1988, his age is 20 years, 2 months, also consistent with a 1968 birth.
Adrian Mole: The Wilderness Years, following From Minor to Major, has Adrian's 24th birthday in 1991 - so it seems that he was, after all, born in 1967. The next novel, Adrian Mole The Cappuccino Years, is consistent with this, beginning at the 1997 general election and giving Adrian's age as 30. Likewise, in the weekly newspaper serialAdrian Mole: Diary of a Provincial Man, Adrian has his 33rd birthday in the year 2000.
The penultimate novel, Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction, begins in late 2002 and makes Adrian only 34. In fact, on his birthday in 2003, he pointedly bemoans his turning 35 as the beginning of middle age - so, somehow, he was once again born in 1968. by Joshua Maund.