Takes place during the time when Saddam Hussain is asserted to have weapons that are capable of being deployed within 45 minutes; Adrian has a fairly lowly job working in a bookshop, but has been convinced to by an up-market yuppie flat and furnish it with equipment that puts him into a significant amount of debt. He doesn't enjoy the apartment as much as he feels he should; not least because the bathroom has a wall made out of glass bricks, and the wharf on the edge of the development is home to some unpleasant swans.
I don't think I've read any other Mole books but this was quite good. Gentle comedy and a fair bit of pathos, so not entirely unlike David Nobbs. I probably should read the others (I had the feeling I was missing some stuff because I didn't get all the references to other characters in his life).
Completed : 25-Mar-2011