Helen Fielding has announced that she has written a new Bridget Jones novel to link-in with the upcoming film sequel, Bridget Jones’s Baby.
The book, which is titled Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries has come as something of a surprise to fans, who reacted with horror in 2013 when it was revealed that Bridget’s love interest Mark Darcy had been killed off in Fielding’s 2013 novel, Mad About the Boy.
The new book, which is set before the events in Mad About The Boy, will be based on Fielding’s original columns and chronicle Bridget’s “somewhat bumping journey into motherhood” with a pregnancy “full of cheesy potatoes, outlandish advice from Drunken Singletons and Smug Mothers, chaos at scans and childbirth classes, high jinks and romance, joy and despair.” And of course the “terribly awkward” question of who the baby’s father actually is…
Speaking of the upcoming novel, Fielding said: “At heart Bridget Jones is about the gap between how we all feel we’re expected to be and how we actually are and – as Bridget discovers with her somewhat bumpy pregnancy – how we expect life to turn out and how it actually does. I’m excited to see Bridget’s world on the big screen again, and delighted to be published by Jonathan Cape.”
The film adaptation of the novel, which stars Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey, is set to be released in UK cinemas on 16th September. Meanwhile, the novel is due to be released on 11th October.
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