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Helen Fielding swaps publisher for new Bridget Jones book...

CultureCritic | 09.November.2012 | 16:02

Jonathon Cape will publish a new Bridget Jones book by the character's original creator, Helen Fielding, in autumn 2013

Helen Fielding Bridget Jones

Helen Fielding © Alisa Connan

The first two novels in the Bridget Jones series (Bridget Jones's Diary hit shelves in 1996), both global bestsellers and immortalised on film, were published by Picador. 

Negative views about the books' paranoid, blundering central character with low self-esteem were voiced, as potentially popularising an unhealthy female role model, but the series' humour, accessibility and fresh account of single life resonated with the zeitgeist (and many women).

Fielding said '[I]want to register my huge appreciation of Bridget's original publisher, Picador, and the success they made of the two early Bridget Jones novels.'

Fielding's new publisher at Jonathan Cape, Dan Franklin summed up her appeal: 'Great comic writers are as rare as hen's teeth.' 

Of the upcoming book, Fielding revealed 'it is set in present-day London, with an entirely new scenario for Bridget. If people laugh as much reading it as I am while writing it then we'll all be very happy.' 

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