The Secret Diaries of a Frigid Mole

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From the writer of Blue Heelers, Full Frontal, Stingers, Neighbours, Home and Away, All Saints and Packed to the Rafters, Frigid Mole perfectly captures the comedy, the joy and the sheer awfulness of being a teenager. More
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About Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis began her writing career in 1987 in her home town of Melbourne, on the very successful sketch series The Comedy Company. After writing many a sketch for iconic characters Kylie Mole, Con the Fruiterer and Sharon and Darren, Jenny moved to Sydney to take up a position as a writer and storyliner with the hit Aussie soap, Neighbours, which soon led to a Story Editing position. In 1993 Jenny returned to Melbourne, where she worked as a writer, story editor or script editor on a variety of productions, including All Saints, Stingers, Something in the Air, Neighbours, Blue Heelers, Full Frontal, Jimeoin and Packed to the Rafters. Jenny has also lectured on screenwriting, and self published her first book, The Secret Diaries of a Frigid Mole. She has recently written articles for leading Melbourne and Sydney newspapers on the lack of good female role models in the media and has been interviewed frequently on radio and in the print media on the subject. She is happily settled in Sydney’s inner west.

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proofreader reviewed on on April 29, 2011

Here are some comments made by readers at Allen and Unwin.

“I absolutely adore this because its exactly like my diary when I was 14”

“I find it really hard to be objective about frigid Mole because it’s so darn true!”

“Perfectly captures the language, the cultural references, and the sheer awfulness of being a teenager in the 1970’s”
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ADAM BOWEN reviewed on on April 28, 2011

What a fantastic book, full of funny, painful, fascinating and extremely well observed insights into the life of a teenage girl as she grows up. So much of it is like overhearing a girl on a bus, talking to her best friend about her most intimate thoughts. Full of everyday beauty and sorrow and humour; it's hard to put down, because the reader is desperate to know what this girl will do next. It's never predictable, always believable. And it transports you to a vivid, daggy teenage world of school, and boys and pop music and the heartache that lurks underneath the most normal lives. Thoroughly recommended.
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Ray Kolle reviewed on on April 26, 2011


Bernie Evans, the so-called “frigid mole” of the title, sees life through a one way-mirror. That is to say, herself front and centre and everything else a little blurred in the background. Captured with hilarious pin-point accuracy, this typically shallow teenager is about as sensitive as a brick – she only manages to mention as a casual afterthought in her diary that her grandmother died that day – but somehow the author manages to subtly convey a vein of vulnerability under the self-obsession. Though we laugh in horror at Bernie’s lack of empathy, our laughter has a slightly guilty edge as we remember the callow callousness of our own adolescence. When Bernie finally learns there are consequences to her actions and that other people’s lives can be tragically impacted by hers, she finally begins to grow up. And the book, which has often been laugh-out-loud funny, is suddenly touching and revealing of the real maturity of its author, Jenny Lewis, as well as that of Bernie. A true-to-life look, humorous but disturbing, at what it meant to be a teenager in the 70s, and which is still incredibly relevant today.
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heidiyp reviewed on on April 26, 2011

I bought a hard copy of this book when it first came out and I read it in a day and still go back to it when I need a laugh or to remember what it was like being a teen in the 70's. I just had to download it so I could give it some stars. I loved it so much
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Madzz reviewed on on April 26, 2011

I forgot to give this stars, so here I am again!!
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Walterwhite reviewed on on April 26, 2011

Wow. This book was so authentic. It really felt like I was reading an actual diary from a girl in the 70's. Loved it and can't wait till my hard copy arrives Highly recommended.
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Madzz reviewed on on April 26, 2011
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I thought I was in for a lighthearted naughty read, but I couldn't have been more wrong. Frigid Mole is certainly laugh out loud stuff but it also grabs you by the throat and won't let go. I literally stopped breathing while I was reading the last act. Sometimes the book meanders a little, but stick with it becuase what you learn about life and being a teenager makes it well worth it. The lead character, Bernie, is both sympathetic and unsympathetic at the same time, but what she gives us is pure truth about who she is and what she feels. Hearthbreaking and heartwarming! This wonderful book stayed with me long after I finished, and I suspect it'll resonate forever. A truly wonderful, honest book.
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