My Mad Fat Diary
By Rae Earl
If Adrian Mole had a sister ....
Hysterically funny, touching real-life teenage diary from 1989, now a major new E4 drama.
My Mad Fat Diary is now a major new comedy for E4!
It's 1989 and Rae is a fat, boy-mad 17-year-old girl, living in Stamford, Lincolnshire with her mum and their deaf white cat in a council house with a mint off-green bath suite and a larder Rae can't keep away from. This is the hilarious and touching real-life diary she kept during that fateful year - with characters like her evil friend Bethany, Bethany's besotted boyfriend, and the boys from the grammar school up the road (who have code names like Haddock and Battered Sausage).
My Mad Fat Diary evokes a vanished time when Charles and Di are still together, the Berlin wall is up, Kylie is expected to disappear from the charts at any moment and it's £1 for a Snakebite and Black in the Vaults pub. My Mad Fat Diary will appeal to anyone who's lived through the 1980s. But it will also strike a chord with anyone who's ever been a confused, lonely teenager who clashes with their mother, takes themselves VERY seriously and has no idea how hilarious they are.
Rae Earl was born in Lincolnshire in 1971. She went to Hull University and following a brief stint at Parcel Force moved into broadcasting. She now writes full time from her shed in Hobart, Tasmania. The second series of Rae's hit TV drama My Mad Fat Diary is now on E4 and the second book in her fictional 'Hattie Moore' series is publishing in June 2014.
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23 Aug 2007
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'Funnier, sadder and ruder than Adrian Mole, this will delight teenagers past and present' — Financial Times
You wouldn't catch many people revealing their true teen thoughts. Hurray then for Rae Earl, who dug out her 1989 diary and published it in the raw. Hilarious and gut-wrenchingly familiar — In Style
Very funny — Elle
'Full of 80s nostalgia, this journal will make you laugh out loud' — Closer (four stars)
'Very funny - and sad' — Heat
'Full of teenage logic, bad poetry and 80s nostalgia, Rae's frank and hilarious trip down memory lane stands out from the current surge of memoirs' — The London Paper
This show actually is my mad fat diary. I have already pretty much lived this show, for real... Reminds you how rarely you see teenage girls on television doing anything other than looking sexy in short skirts, endlessly texting their friends about parties, or wailing "IT'S SO UNFAIR" when their parents won't buy them a car. — Caitlin Moran for The Times