A series of works by British Christian humourist Adrian Plass based on his own day-to-day experiences, depicting a fictionalised version of himself as the main character - a husband and father and member of a Charismatic church perpetually getting caught up in the latest crazes and events, written in the form of a diary. The title is of course a pun on The Secret Diary OfAdrian Mole.It began as a regular magazine column, but has led to several volumes:
The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass Aged 37¾
The Horizontal Epistles of Andromeda Veal
The Theatrical Tapes of Leonard Thynn
The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass, Christian Speaker, aged 45¾
The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass On Tour, age far too much to be put on the front cover of a book
The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass: The Church Weekend
The main cast besides Plass himself consists of his wife Anne, their son Gerald and Adrian's recovering alcoholic friend Leonard Thynn, but beyond that there are Loads and Loads of Characters.Contains examples of:
Richard (complaining the sketch was unrealistic): All that stuff about acronyms was completely O.T.T.
Added Alliterative Appeal: At one point Adrian becomes obsessed with giving a talk with three alliterative points because it's all the rage, but after coming up with "Humility" and "Holiness", is stuck. He unwisely turns to Gerald and Leonard for help, who suggest Henry Cooper, Haggis, Horstead Keynes...
Embarrassing First Name: Stenneth Flushpool, who was so named because his parents couldn't agree on whether to call him Kenneth or Stanley and the hard-of-hearing vicar as the christening heard the medley as a portmanteau.
Vladimir Spool, a very English Anglican vicar, so named because his father was a Russian vodka salesman.
Looped Lyrics: Bad News for the Devil's song "Peace Will Come" which consists of two verses, the first verse consisting of "peace will come" and the second of "peace has come."
Malaproper: Andromeda Veal, about everyone and everything. Other characters also have their moments, such as Leonard Thynn mistaking "generic term" for "geriatric tern" while discussing types of curry, and then assuming that an Indian restaurant serves 'elderly seagull done in the tandoori style' as a dish.
No, Except Yes: Mrs Thynn (Leonard's mother) maintains that she's not deaf, she just sometimes can't hear you.
No Sense of Humor: Richard and Doreen Cook and Mrs. Flushpool at least until she mellows
Overly Preprepared Gag: Gerald's pun about wanting to go on a boat to Rotarua, New Zealand, with a girl called Rhoda who is both more angry and insolent than another girl called Rhoda, and whose task is to decide what order the oarsmen should do their work in. The redder ruder Rhoda wrote a rota to row to Rotarua.
A more minor example in "Theatrical Tapes". Firstly there is an argument about whether the title 'Chairman' for Adrian is sexist and they decide to cut it down to the non gender specific 'Chair', which a confused Mrs Thynn keeps giving as 'Wardrobe'. Then, Stenneth and Victoria Flushpool show up and Stenneth is asked to read out part of a poem about being a lion.
Other characters sometimes get their moments as well, such as Frank Braddock claiming that he is certain to go to Heaven because he is a member of the Marylebone Cricket Club. "My M.C.C. membership card guarantees me entry at any time, and at all times, to The Lords Enclosure."
Real Dreams Are Weirder: Richard Cook claims his dreams are prophetic visions, but rather ruins the effect by (after talking about one that sounds like it could possibly be one) casually adds that "after a short further dream about getting into a bath full of Smarties wearing a Batman costume, I woke up".
Self-Deprecation: Plass writes his fictionalised version as hapless and slow on the uptake. This was lampshaded in a Mind Screw moment when the fictional Plass got to see a production of The Theatrical Tapes of Leonard Thynn (which was of course written about the same version of the character) and was insulted by his portrayal (as was Thynn, who was offended at being played as a Cloud Cuckoo Lander).
All the books are effectively a series of "Take that us!" about Christians (one of which, if read the top of this page, Adrian is).