Helen Fielding's novel to be published October 15
TORONTO, May 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Helen Fielding - the British writer whose
wildly popular newspaper column depicting a 30-something single woman
living in London in the 1990s became a worldwide sensation in the guise
of Bridget Jones - has written a new novel featuring her iconic
protagonist. BRIDGET JONES: MAD ABOUT THE BOY will be published by Knopf Canada on October 15, in print and e-book
editions, with a first printing of 50,000 copies.
When asked which boy Bridget was mad about, Fielding merely raised one
Fielding's first book, Bridget Jones's Diary, was an international bestseller and global phenomenon when it was
originally published in 1996. It was followed in 1999 by a sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Together, the novels sold more than 15 million copies and were
published in 40 different countries, and both were adapted into
blockbuster films starring Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant, and Colin
Louise Dennys, Executive Publisher of the Knopf Random Canada Publishing
Group, said, "Helen Fielding accomplished something rare and wonderful
as a writer--she brought a character into the lives of millions of
people who today still smile at the memory of that all-too-human
singleton in nineties' London. BRIDGET JONES: MAD ABOUT THE BOY is a totally new phase in Bridget's life, as Helen indicated when she
said, 'Bridget's life has moved on.' But, the question is, just how
much? Well, here is what we can share: the novel is set in present-day
London; Bridget is older; she is still keeping a diary, but she is also
immersed in texting and experimenting with social media, with an accent
"And how grateful I am to Helen Fielding," Louise Dennys, added, "for
letting us into Bridget's life again—one of the great comic characters
of our times."
In anticipation of the book's official publication in October, Fielding
will be a breakfast speaker June 1st at BookExpo America, the annual booksellers convention that is being
held in New York. Fielding will be in Canada in October for media
interviews and events.
Excerpt from BRIDGET JONES: MAD ABOUT THE BOY:
Wednesday 24 October 2012
11.27 p.m. Just presss d SEND. Iss fineisn't it?
You see, this is the trouble with the modern world. If it was the days
of letter-writing, I would never even have started to find his address,
a pen, a piece of paper, an envelope, a stamp, and gone outside at
11.30p.m. to find a postbox. A text is gone at the brush of a
fingertip, like a nuclear bomb or exocet missile.
DATING RULE NO:1
DO NOT TEXT WHEN DRUNK
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