Bridget Jones's Diary

Paperback | June 20, 1997

byHelen Fielding

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

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She`s always trying to cut down on smokes, cut out the binges and cut off her alcohol intake, but when the weekend rolls around, who`s really counting? She`s Bridget Jones, smart and impudent British writer Helen Fielding`s fashionable, witty and ultra-modern creation that`s taken the best-selling book world by storm. A hilarious and n...

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?Helen Fielding is one of the funniest writers in Britain and Bridget Jones is a creation of comic genius? Nick Hornby 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 be...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.76 × 5.12 × 0.68 inPublished:June 20, 1997Publisher:Pan Macmillan

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Delightful This is a fantastic book. The character of Bridget is so well developed and Helen Fielding truly has a talent for writing. Bridget's diary entries are extremely entertaining - Alcohol units: 3 (v.good), Cigarettes 12, number of mins spent obsessing about feminist wrongness of obsessing: 162 approx. (bad) - if you haven't read this book already - go out and get it!
Date published: 2007-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from July - A New Job 8st 3 (cannot lose wobbly bits located in and around stomach), alcohol units 2 (v.g.), cigarettes 0 (as no longer smoke), calories 5234 (feels like). 9:30 p.m. Writing rave review for hilarious book just read. Unfortunately, unsure what to write. Maybe will pop to the shop and grab cappuccino. 9:45 p.m. Did not grab cappuccino but instead bought chocolate brownie. Is bloody delicious but back to 8st 3 (cannot lose wobbly bits located in and around stomach), alcohol units 2 (v.g.), cigarettes 0 (as no longer smoke), calories 5234 (feels like). 9:47 p.m. Book really was fantastic, highlighting joys and troubles of singletondom in London and really felt like self was worth something thanks to book. But what to write for review? 9:50 p.m. Ok, review completed. Now reads "A great read since all Singletons should be warned of the effects of emotional fuckwittage and Smug Marrieds should not be allowed to be so smug. Buy this book because it is bloody brilliant." 9:53 p.m. Unsure if those at Chapters/Indigo will be pleased with review but no longer feel like typing as Pride and Prejudice is on. Ooh, Mark Darcy and wet shirt.
Date published: 2006-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the start of an addiction I'd never really been into the "chick-lit" type of books, but i decided to give this one a try. Best idea ever! I really enjoyed it, and it's what started my addiction to "chick-lit" novels. Even though it's fiction, it's nice to know that someone else out there has the same thoughts and goes though the same kind of situations I do. It'll make you happy and it'll make you sad at times, but all in all, it's a great read.
Date published: 2006-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You will love Bridget! Bridget is this 'crazy' character, for whom you will laugh at, sympathize with, relate to and well she will hold a special place in your heart because you will probably see pieces of yourself in her. This book is the first "chick lit" I ever read and it continues to be my favourite. It is funny, truthful and a little nutty..... perfect. My only complaint is the constant cigs and alcohol counts, they are funny at first, but after awhile you just ignore them!
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Funniest Book I Have Ever Read Years later I am still searching for a book that makes me laugh out loud like this one did. Any woman who has not read this - do so immediately! I lost myself in Bridget for a couple days- the best written chick lit book ever. The sequel and movie were also fantastic. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2006-01-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mediocre at best I saw the movie before I read the book, and I was slightly disappointed by the book….or maybe it was the movie, or maybe it was a combination of the 2. I found it really difficult to get into the book. I don’t know what it was really. Perhaps I couldn’t relate to Bridget, because I'm really not in that part of my life. I found myself more comparing the book to the movie instead of trying to get into the book itself. The book is completely unlike the movie. In most cases the names are the same, but not all. All the situations are switched around. I don’t know, maybe I'm just jaded, but there were no events in the book that even stick out in my mind as being fantastic or hilarious. Maybe the problem was that all the reviews really got my hopes up, and because the book wasn’t mind-blowing, I got disappointed. Maybe it would have been better if I were more weight conscious, or had had man troubles, or at least on some level relate to Bridget. But sadly, I could not. Ill stick to Shopaholic.
Date published: 2003-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from There's a bit of Bridget in everyone Every woman who is unmarried, unsure of what the future has, and is imperfect should read this book! It is funny and clever. You can't help but love her...and everyone has a bit of Bridget in them.
Date published: 2001-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from bridget jones's diary Hey everyone this book is a great book! Definitely a keeper so buy the book! And rent the movie as both are excellent.I would recommend this book to all my friends!!! So go and get the book.
Date published: 2001-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from inner poise! Bridget Jones's Diary is the best read this year. Hilariously funny, beautifully written, a book every woman should read if she has ever had a bad hair day, obsessed about a man or counted even one calorie!
Date published: 2000-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Bridget Jones After putting it off for months I finally sat down to read "Bridget Jones' Diary". While it took a few chapters to get used to the British slang and the abbreviations (for example, v.g. = very good) I was hooked from the beginning with Bridget's New Year's Resolutions List. Bridget may be a fictional character but her trials and tribulations at work and in love are true to life for many single women. I laughed out loud for most of the novel and I couldn't put it down until I was finished, then I wanted more of Bridget's diary. What a refreshing take on single life and to think it comes from the point of view of a neurotic single woman. Bridget's escapades for date preparation alone made for entertaining reading and her family and friends were deliciously quirky as a supporting ensemble. I think it's time to check out Ms. Fielding's second book about Bridget. I don't expect as much humor this time but even half of it would make it a terrific read.
Date published: 2000-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bridget Jones' Diary This is an excellent book, very easy and quick to read. It's full of a typical British sense of humour. What makes it so funny is that so much of it is so realistic, every day situations. Her thought process is hilarious. I'm dying to read the sequel, I'm waiting my turn at the library.
Date published: 2000-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great Beach Book! I really liked this book! I could not put it down! Bridget's neurotic ways made me laugh and also reflected qualities found in every woman! A fab read!
Date published: 2000-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious If you buy this book you will not be disappointed. I have lent my copy to many women (young and older) and everyone of them loved it. I couldn't bare to not have a copy when I lent mine out so I bought another copy. A laugh out loud read -- I didn't want it to end.
Date published: 1999-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bridget Jones' Diary A very funny book-sexy, sad and hysterical. is a quick light read, capturing the way modern women teeter between "I am woman" independence and a pathetic girlie desire to be all things to all men. Fielding has a deliciously irreverent sense of humour and a keen sense of women's deepest insecurities, revealing the light side of despair, self-doubt and obsession. A bestseller in England that has also gained great popularity on this side of the ocean.
Date published: 1999-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laughing Out Loud This book was a terribly amusing read. Bridget Jones could be me (or any other woman)!!! It was the funniest book I have read in a VERY long time. Satirical, witty, and charming. I would highly recommend it to anyone who needs a good laugh and to stop taking life too seriously.
Date published: 1999-07-22

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She`s always trying to cut down on smokes, cut out the binges and cut off her alcohol intake, but when the weekend rolls around, who`s really counting? She`s Bridget Jones, smart and impudent British writer Helen Fielding`s fashionable, witty and ultra-modern creation that`s taken the best-selling book world by storm. A hilarious and no-holds-barred account of modern single life hitting the dregs with style, Bridget Jones`s Diary is sound bite after sound bite of uproarious Brit humour at its razor-sharpest.