Sunday 6 July 1986

…Finished my Adrian Mole book
Had chicken for lunch with potatoes, cabbage and carrots.
Boris Becker won the men’s singles at Wimbledon.
Played with Lego. It might sound babyish but it isn’t…

Quite right. Normally I feel obliged to follow these extracts with some kind of hasty defence or justification, but my 10-year-old self has rather kindly already done so. Thanks, er, me.

2 thoughts on “Sunday 6 July 1986

  1. I think Adrian Mole was a huge influence on new diarists in the mid-80s. I wrote one myself for the first few months of 1986 having read the Secret Diary…and the Growing Pains.

    Then a few years later, Kenneth Williams reignited the inspiration and I kept a proper series of journals from 1995 to 2002.

    • Williams’ diaries are, and continue to be, a massive inspiration for me. I’m forever trying, and usually failing, to capture his ear for dialogue and waspish detail.

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