Bridget Jones returns in new title, Mad About the Boy

Bridget Jones will be returning to our bookshelves this year in all her drunken, haphazard, singleton glory.

Helen Fielding, the author behind the phenomenally successful series about the hapless Bridget, today announced through her publisher, Jonathan Cape, the title for the next book. Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy and will be published on October 10th 2013.

Dan Franklin, publishing director at Jonathan Cape, commented on the announcement: “As a comic writer, Helen is without equal. Over fifteen years ago she gave a voice to a generation of young women with the original Bridget book; now they’ve grown up and she’s doing it again inBridget Jones: Mad About the Boy – this time with all the joys and complications of social media.”

Bridget may not be any wiser, but publishers have announced she will be older, with the novel set in present-day London. But it remains to be seen whether Bridget will be in her late 40s or early 50s, which she would in real time.

Bridget’s treasured diary will also continue to be an integral feature of the novel, although her famous diary entries are likely to have more of an emphasis on Twitter, rather than dieting. Fielding explained onWoman’s Hour last year that the entries would read “more like ‘number of Twitter followers: 0. Still no followers. Still no followers’.

“But she has grown up. My life has moved on and hers will move on too,” said Fielding. “She’s still trying to give up [drinking and smoking], she’s still on a diet. She’s trying a bit harder, and is a bit more successful, but she’s never really going to change.”

However, Helen Fielding is keeping quiet about which boy Bridget will be focusing her attention on in the new novel and whether Mark Darcy or Daniel Cleaver will make an appearance.

The first two Bridget Jones novels, Bridget Jones’s Diary (1996) and The Edge of Reason (1999), were international bestsellers and widely credited with launching the “chick-lit” phenomenon. The books have been published in over 40 countries and together have sold over 15 million copies worldwide, with help from two successful film adaptations, released in 2002 and 2004 and starring Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.

Source: The Telegraph

Giulia Gentili

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