Bridget Jones's Diary: A Novel
Bridget Jones wants to have it all - and once she's given up smoking and got down to 8st 7 she will. Based on Helen Fielding's diary in the Independent newspaper, this is a novel about a year in the life of a single girl on an optimistic but doomed quest for self-improvement and Inner Poise. First published in 1996.
Winner of Whitaker Gold Book Award 2001 and British Book Awards: Butler & Tanner Book of the Year Award 1997 and British Book Award 1998. Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003. Shortlisted for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.
'Helen Fielding is one of the funniest writers in Britain and Bridget Jones is a creation of comic genius' Nick Hornby 'I cannot recommend a book more joyfully ... Hilariously funny, miraculously observed, endlessly touching' Jilly Cooper, Daily Telegraph 'The best, the original, the seminal' Mail on Sunday 'A brilliant comic creation. Even men will laugh' Salman Rushdie 'Effortlessly addictive ... [Bridget Jones's] hilarious diary presents a perfect zeitgeist of single female woes' Sunday Express 'Wild comedy ... observed with merciless, flamboyant wit. A gloriously funny book' Sunday Times 'A brilliant evocation of life as a single girl in a certain time ... reads like Anita Loos out of Jane Austen, and any woman who has ever had a job, a relationship or indeed a mother will read it and roar' The Times 'Bridget Jones's Diary rings with the unmistakable tone of something that is true to the marrow. It defines what it describes' Nicola Shulman, Times Literary Supplement
Helen Fielding was born in Yorkshire. She worked for many years in London as a newspaper and TV journalist, travelling as wildly and as often as possible to Africa, India and Central America. She is the author of Cause Celeb (1994), Bridget Jones's Diary (1996), Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2000), Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination (2003), and Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy (2013). She co-wrote the screenplays for the movies of Bridget Jones's Diary and The Edge of Reason, starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. She nows works full-time as a novelist and screenwriter and lives in London and Los Angeles.