Bridget Jones's Diary was first published in 1996 and applauded by critics from Salman Rushdie to Jilly Cooper.
A number one best-seller, Helen Fielding's book has sold over fifteen million copies worldwide and has been turned into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant.
Bridget Jones's Diary is followed by Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy.
Bridget Jones is everyone's favourite spinster. In Bridget Jones's Diary she documents her struggles through the social minefield of her 30s and tries to weigh up the eternal question: Daniel Cleaver of Mark Darcy?
She is supported through the whole process by four indispensable friends, Shazzer, Jude, Tom and a bottle of chardonnay.
A dazzling urban satire of modern relationships? An ironic, tragic insight into the demise of the nuclear family? Or the confused ramblings of a pissed thirty-something?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages, colour illustrations
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 23/03/2001
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780330375252
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Review by twig_tea
Funny, sometimes screamingly funny, even though the obsession with fat bit really got annoying after awhile. Still, I love the shortcut diary style and I love the selfloathing humour and I love the ridiculousness. The sequel made me cry it was so funny.
Review by PilgrimJess
Firstly I feel that I ought to point out that 'chicklit' is really, honestly not my cup of tea at all. However, like everyone else who isn't actually living in a cave or Devon, I have seen the film on numerous occasions (Mrs thinks Colin Firth is a dish although personally I can't see the resemblance) and found it mildly amusing, so I thought what the heck give it a go.I shan't bother going on about the plot because if you haven't seen the film it is because you don't have mains lecky and as such will not be reading this anyway whilst those of you who have seen the film already know the plot anyway. Enough to say Bridget Jones is 30 something, single, neurotic about her weight, has not got a great job but does have a pretty disfunctional family in much the same way that Adrian Mole did. I make referance to Adrian Mole because this is where the book is pitched, a sort of grown up version of that far superior book.Now I have to admit that there were parts of the book which did me snigger aloud on occasions but these were few and far between and Bridget's obsession with her weight and calorie counting began to grow rather thin (unlike heroine) after a short while but in truth the real problem with this book was in fact the film. I just knew what was going to happen all the time so there was no sense of suspense nor was there any mention of Bridget wearing enormous knickers on her date with Daniel. Doh.The book was mildly amusing but will not live long in the memory