Adrian Mole has entered middle age and is now 'the same age as Jesus when he died' (33). Father to the gramatically challenged Glenn, and William - who takes a 'Big Boy Arouser' condom to nursery school as his innocent contribution to a hot air balloon project - Adrian is a single parent who as an on/off relationship with his housing officer, Pamela Pigg. But will she help him to move from the notorious Gaitskell estate before William joins the Mad Frankie Fraser club? In the meantime, Adrian continues to be scandalized by his irresponsible mother and father, who are conducting a matrimonial square-dance with the Braithwaites - parents of the beautiful by unobtainable Pandora, who is ruthlessly pursuing her ambition to be New Labour's first woman PM - and to confide in his diary. His current worries include: indestructible head-lice; his raging jealousy when his accomplished half-brother Brett arrives on his doorstep; moral decline in The Archers; his desperate attachment to two therapists; his mild addiction to Starburst (formerly Opal Fruits); a small earthquake in Leicester; and, perhaps most significantly, the dawn of a new millenium.