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Another Lost Book Search

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madamehooch · 23/09/2022 06:26

This is not the first time I've posted this on mumsnet but, given the responses to the Hereford mushrooms book post, I thought I'd give it one more shot.

For years I've been trying to remember the name of a book I used to repeatedly borrow from the library back in the late 70s/early to mid 80s. It was a British young adult book, narrated by a teen boy. I can't remember his name. He was in love with a girl called Julie who used to buy things off catalogue companies and give boring things like soap for Christmas. Julie fancied an ollder boy called Steve. She was cooking fish and chips for him one day and set the fish alight so rushed to the chip shop and asked them to cook the fish in breadcrumbs instead of batter so Steve would think she'd cooked it herself...

That's it - all I can remember. I have no idea why finding this book has been so important to me over the years but it's almost become a bucket-list entry!

PS My AIBU is am I unreasonable to want to find such an awful-sounding book, just in case anyone queries why I have posted here. I would prefer suggested titles though...

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MargaretThursday · 23/09/2022 07:18

Is that by Joan Lingard. Something like No Frying on Fridays?

madamehooch · 23/09/2022 08:10

Regretfully, it's not "Frying as Usual". I did love her Kevin and Sadie books though.

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cultkid · 23/09/2022 08:13

It wasn't Adrian mole but you might also like that

madamehooch · 23/09/2022 09:27

I loved Adrian Mole too.

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cultkid · 23/09/2022 09:44

madamehooch · 23/09/2022 09:27

I loved Adrian Mole too.

Bloody fantastic books! I want an update on him now!

madamehooch · 28/09/2022 03:29

Any more suggestions?

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TwoLeftSocksWithHoles · 28/09/2022 04:00

I don't know the book, but with that storyline I'm amazed that Warner Brothers hasn't snapped up the film rights!

madamehooch · 28/09/2022 06:43

Was it the catalogue gifts or the breaded fish that set you alight?

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DesMoulinsRouge · 28/09/2022 06:51

cultkid · 23/09/2022 09:44

Bloody fantastic books! I want an update on him now!

Sadly Sue Townsend is no longer with us.

NeedToKnow101 · 28/09/2022 08:13

TwoLeftSocksWithHoles · 28/09/2022 04:00

I don't know the book, but with that storyline I'm amazed that Warner Brothers hasn't snapped up the film rights!

😂😂😂

NeedToKnow101 · 28/09/2022 08:14

Sounds like the Prequel to Jilted John, Gordon is a moron

IbizaToTheNorfolkBroads · 28/09/2022 08:26

I'm sure I read that book - about 40 years ago!

The fictional Adrian Mole is about 18 months older than me. I have been a bit in love with him since I was about 12. I wish Sue Townsend was still alive. I'm sure Adrian would have plenty to say about the last decade or so.

madamehooch · 28/09/2022 20:03

At least I'm not imagining it then!

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