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  • Published: 10 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448163984
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

A new Bridget Jones novel by Helen Fielding

Celebrate twenty-five years of Britain's favourite singleton with this laugh-out-loud number one bestseller.

Is it morally wrong to have a blow-dry when one of your children has head lice?

Is technology now the fifth element? Or is that wood?

Is sleeping with someone after 2 dates and 6 weeks of texting the same as getting married after 2 meetings and 6 months of letter writing in Jane Austen's day?

Pondering these, and other modern dilemmas, Bridget Jones stumbles through the challenges of single-motherhood, tweeting, texting and redisovering her sexuality in what SOME people rudely and outdatedly call 'middle age'.

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy is timely, tender, touching, witty, wise and bloody hilarious.

  • Published: 10 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448163984
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

About the author

Helen Fielding

Helen Fielding is the author of Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, and Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, and was part of the screenwriting team on the associated movies. Bridget Jones's Baby: The Diaries is her sixth novel. She has two children and lives in London and Los Angeles.

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Praise for Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

I laughed, I cried and most of all loved… Bridget’s back – which is nothing short of ‘totes amazog’ as she herself now likes to say. Hurrah!

Sara Lawrence, Daily Mail

Fielding is entertaining and insightful, her timing immaculate.

Nicola Shulman, Mail on Sunday

Those of us who loved her the first time will be glad to welcome her back – big pants, fillers and all.

Stephanie Merritt, Observer

The advances of communications technology since the mid-Nineties were made for Bridget's more obsessive side.

Susie Boyt, Independent

Bridget is a bit older, no wiser and still funny.

Katy Guest, Independent on Sunday

An inviting comfort blanket for those many readers who loved Bridget before, who have grown up with her and are intrigued to find out what became of her. And its preoccupations, at heart, are middle-aged, just like our heroine. It’s reassuring to find that Bridget, in common with many of her original readers, may look older but hasn’t really changed.

Isabel Berwick, Financial Times

[Bridget’s] appeal is in her ability to pull the happy ending we’d all love from the chaos and self-doubt of everyday life.

Caroline Jowett, Daily Express

Sharp and humorous … snappily written, observationally astute and at times genuinely moving … Fielding has somehow pulled off the neat trick of holding to her initial premise—single woman looks for romance—while allowing her heroine to grow up and into someone funnier and more interesting than she was before.

Sarah Lyall, New York Times Book Review

Bridget is still lovable and seeing a more mature version of the heroine coping with motherhood and bereavement is really quite moving.

Deirdre O'Brien, Sunday Mirror

It’s a fun, fast-paced, entertaining ride which I was very happy to tag along with.

Rosie Mullender, Cosmopolitan

The third instalment, like Bridget herself is a lot more grown up, has some valuable lessons about life, loss and love - but is still great fun. VV Good.


I read the book. I loved it. I loved her. She's smart, she's funny and she makes us all feel like we're good just the way we are.

Jenna Bush Hager, NBC Today Show

Bridget’s bittersweet days with Mabel and Billy focus an unaffected – and unexpected – tenderness … A new chapter in the fairy tale can begin.

Boyd Tonkin, Independent

Sweet, clever and funny.

Helen Rogan, People

You'll be left feeling like you've just met up with an old pal you haven't seen for ages – and wish you could have done it sooner.


She’s our Bridget in other words, all over again – but just a couple of decades removed.

Nadine O’Regan, Sunday Business Post

Fielding is a smashing writer and in many ways Bridget Jones is an engaging creation.

Susan Flockhart, Glasgow Sunday Herald

Now past 50, a widow after Darcy’s death, [Bridget] blunders through the quest for mid-life loves and childcare nightmares with the all comic missteps and pratfalls fans adore.


Laugh out loud funny… an inviting comfort blanket of a book for those many readers who loved Bridget before, who have grown up with her, and who are intrigued to find out what became of her.

Isabel Berwick, Financial Times

In this third installment of the diaries, our hapless heroine continues to agonise over the tribulations of modern life large and small, from single parenthood and dating in the age of social media to the perils of the skinny jean.

Justine Jordan, Guardian

Fielding’s comedic talent remains undimmed.

Nicola Shulman, Mail on Sunday

There is poignancy as well as humour.

Eleanor Mills, Sunday Times

We are back to the old Bridget Jones in all her life-affirming glory.

Caroline Jowett, Daily Express

Feels like visiting with your funniest friend

Jessica Shaw, Entertainment Weekly

I read the book. I loved it. I loved her. She’s smart, she’s funny and she makes us all feel like we’re good just the way we are.

Jenna Bush Hager, Today

Fresh, frantic and very funny.

Fanny Blake, Woman & Home


Reader's Digest

Bridget is back! ... The third book in the series does not disappoint, taking the reader on a whirlwind tour of Bridget's life as a 50-something, and all the highs, lows, tears and laughter that you'd expect.

The Bristol Magazine

What remains unchanged – and addictive – is its diary format.

The Lady

Life may have changed dramatically for Bridget, but you can still prepare to laugh and cry at Helen Fielding’s latest novel.

No 1 Magazine

Fans of the original books have not been, and will not be, disappointed.

Chris White, fiction buyer for Waterstones, UK Press Syndication

Tender, touching and often hilarious – a welcome return.

Sara Lawrence, Daily Mail

Bridget is as hopeless, loveable and funny as ever.


An uproariously funny novel of modern life, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy is the triumphant return of our favourite Everywoman.

UK Press Syndication

Laugh-out-loud funny, as well as punctuated by moments of genuine sadness, which are proportionately balanced throughout the story.

Louise Denyer, Suffolk Magazine

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