The Adrian Mole Diaries

by Sue Townsend.Grove, $14.95. Adrian is a male adolescent whose parents, when considering divorce, argue about which will evade custody of their son. The novel is reportedly a tremendous success in Britain. One can see why, for Adrian’s observations are in fact a satire on English middle-class society, and because they are firmly tied to English conditions they have, like certain wines, not traveled well.