Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years is the eighth book in Sue Townsend's brilliantly funny Adrian Mole series. Sunday 1st July. No Smoking Day. A momentous day! Smoking in a public place or place of work is forbidden in England. Though if you a lunatic, a prisoner, an MP or a member of the Royal Family you are exempt. Adrian Mole is thirty-nine and a quarter. He lives in the country in a semi-detached converted pigsty with his wife Daisy and their daughter. His parents George and Pauline live in the adjoining pigsty. But all is not well. The secondhand bookshop in which Adrian works is threatened with closure. The spark has fizzled out of his marriage. His mother is threatening to write her autobiography (A Girl Called Shit). And Adrian's nightly trips to the lavatory have become alarmingly frequent...Bestselling author Sue Townsend has been Britain's favourite comic writer for over three decades. A tour de force by a comic genius and if it isn't the best book published this year, I'll eat my bookshelf . ( Daily Mail , Books of the Year). Effortlessly hilarious. Brilliant satire and tragedy . ( The Times ). Hilarious. Comic gold . ( Sunday Times ). Sue Townsend is Britain's favourite comic author. Her hugely successful novels include eight Adrian Mole books, The Public Confessions of a Middle-Aged Woman (Aged 55) , Number Ten , Ghost Children , The Queen and I , Queen Camilla and The Woman Who Went to Bed For a Year , all of which are highly acclaimed bestsellers. She has also written numerous well-received plays. She lives in Leicester, where she was born and grew up.