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** The funniest book of the year ** ** The new Bridget Jones novel **

** The funniest book of the year **
** The new Bridget Jones novel **
8.45 P.M. Realise there have been so many times in my life when have fantasised about going to a scan with Mark or Daniel: just not both at the same time.

Before motherhood, before marriage, Bridget, with biological clock ticking very, very loudly, finds herself unexpectedly pregnant at the eleventh hour: a joyful pregnancy which is dominated, however, by a crucial but terribly awkward question – who is the father? Mark Darcy: honourable, decent, notable human rights lawyer? Or Daniel Cleaver: charming, witty, notable fuckwit?

9.45 P.M. It’s like they’re two halves of the perfect man, who’ll spend the rest of their lives each wanting to outdo the other one. And now it’s all enacting itself in my stomach.

In this gloriously funny, touching story of baby-deadline panic, maternal bliss, and social, professional, technological, culinary and childbirth chaos, Bridget Jones – global phenomenon and the world’s favourite Singleton – is back with a bump.

Reviews

A gloriously funny and touching story

Daily Express

Bridget Jones is as relevant and funny today as she has always been... Daniel [Cleaver] is not only alive and shagging, he also has the best lines… Again and again he comes up with smutty one-liners that steal the show

Evening Standard

Fielding’s narrative diverts from the screen version: notably that feckless Daniel Cleaver, the original “fuckwit” in Bridget’s life is, gratifyingly, very much alive and central to the plot of the novel. "VG"

Financial Times

It’s a real fun read. The jokes are great and you find yourself rooting for Bridget and praying she gets the outcome she deserves

The Sun

Before I read this book, I wondered whether there could possibly be anything left to tell. This book is absolutely necessary. At a time when the world seems especially dark and difficult, and sometimes stacked against women, Bridget Jones’s Baby is both a longed for slice of escapism and a real inspiration

The Pool

It’s very, very good… Fielding reminds us once again she’s queen of encapsulating the female experience… Short, pacy and perfect

Press Association

Helen Fielding is one of the funniest writers in Britain and Bridget Jones is a creation of comic genius

Nick Hornby

A brilliant comic creation

Salman Rushdie

How can a reader not love this woman?

New York Times Book Review

Bridget Jones is no mere fictional character, she's the Spirit of the Age

Evening Standard

Pages devoured: 216. Embarrassing laugh-out-loud moments on public transport: numerous. Overall thoughts on latest Bridget Jones book: V.v.v. gd. Helen Fielding reminds us once again that she’s the queen of encapsulating the female experience in all its messy, funny and emotional glory… Short, pacy and perfect.

Kate Whiting, UK Press Syndication

There’s delight to be had in sharing her happy ending.

Deirdre O'Brien, Sunday Mirror

With a deft wit, Fielding lampoons 21st century life but amongst the humour there are some serious points about the way in which we judge ourselves and others…[Fielding] is certainly back to her witty best.

Scotsman

A gloriously funny, touching story of baby-deadline panic, maternal bliss, and every kind of chaos.

Gransnet, Book of the Year

The Bridget we were all clamouring to see.

Woman's Way

More than enough chuckles to keep you turning the page.

World of Cruising, Book of the Year

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781784706173

    May 29, 2017

    Vintage

    240 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Hardback

    9781911214564

    October 11, 2016

    Jonathan Cape

    240 pages

    RRP $27.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781473548121

    October 11, 2016

    Vintage Digital

    240 pages

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    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
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Extract

INTRO

Dearest Billy,

I have a feeling that you’re going to find out about all this, so I thought you’d better hear how it all began, from your own mum.
These are the excerpts from my diaries and other bits and pieces from that rather confused time.
Please don’t be shocked. Hopefully you’ll be old enough by the time you read them to understand that even your parents got up to this sort of thing, and you know I’ve always been a bit naughty.
The thing is, just as there is a big gap between how people think they are supposed to be and how they actually are, there’s also a gap between how people expect their lives to turn out and how they actually do.
But if you just keep calm and keep your spirits up, things have a habit of turning out all right – just as they did for me, because having you was the best thing that ever happened to me.

Sorry about all this and everything.
Love, Mum x
(Bridget)
 

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