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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Reprint edition (20 Jun. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330332775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330332774
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the course of the year recorded in Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget confides her hopes, her dreams, and her monstrously fluctuating poundage, not to mention her consumption of 5277 cigarettes and "Fat units 3457 (approx.) (hideous in every way)." In 365 days, she gains 74 pounds. On the other hand, she loses 72! There is also the unspoken New Year's resolution--the quest for the right man. Alas, here Bridget goes severely off course when she has an affair with her charming cad of a boss. But who would be without their e-mail flirtation focused on a short black skirt? The boss even contends that it is so short as to be nonexistent.

At the beginning of Helen Fielding's exceptionally funny second novel, the thirtyish publishing puffette is suffering from postholiday stress syndrome but determined to find Inner Peace and poise. Bridget will, for instance, "get up straight away when wake up in mornings." Now if only she can survive the party her mother has tricked her into--a suburban fest full of "Smug Marrieds" professing concern for her and her fellow "Singletons"--she'll have made a good start. As far as she's concerned, "We wouldn't rush up to them and roar, 'How's your marriage going? Still having sex?'"

This is only the first of many disgraces Bridget will suffer in her year of performance anxiety (at work and at play, though less often in bed) and living through other people's "emotional fuckwittage." Her twin-set-wearing suburban mother, for instance, suddenly becomes a chat-show hostess and unrepentant adulteress, while our heroine herself spends half the time overdosing on Chardonnay and feeling like "a tragic freak." Bridget Jones's Diary began as a column in the London Independent and struck a chord with readers of all sexes and sizes. In strokes simultaneously broad and subtle, Helen Fielding reveals the lighter side of despair, self-doubt, and obsession, and also satirizes everything from self-help books (they don't sound half as sensible to Bridget when she's sober) to feng shui, Cosmopolitan-style. She is the Nancy Mitford of the 1990s, and it's impossible not to root for her endearing heroine. On the other hand, one can only hope that Bridget will continue to screw up and tell us all about it for years and books to come. --Kerry Fried

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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

'I cannot recommend a book more joyfully . . . Hilariously funny, miraculously observed, endlessly touching' Jilly Cooper, Daily Telegraph

'The best, the original, the seminal' Mail on Sunday

'A brilliant comic creation. Even men will laugh' Salman Rushdie

'Effortlessly addictive . . . [Bridget Jones's] hilarious diary presents a perfect zeitgeist of single female woes' Sunday Express

‘Wild comedy . . . observed with merciless, flamboyant wit. A gloriously funny book’ Sunday Times

‘A brilliant evocation of life as a single girl in a certain time . . . reads like Anita Loos out of Jane Austen, and any woman who has ever had a job, a relationship or indeed a mother will read it and roar’ The Times

'Bridget Jones's Diary rings with the unmistakable tone of something that is true to the marrow. It defines what it describes' Nicola Shulman, Times Literary Supplement

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jan. 2005
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This book was fantastic! Really easy-reading and skilfully written to have me laughing out loud throughout. I could not put it down and cannot wait to read the sequel. A perfect read for teenagers and adults alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By claire.l@virgin.net on 22 Oct. 2000
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"Bridget Jones's Diary" documents the life, loves and calories of a 30 something 'singleton' who specialises in broken relationships, dysfunctional parents, the ability to infuse diets with Mars Bars and blue soup. In short, this is a satirical look at the life of a young woman living in the 21st century whose only idea of culture is a night in front of the TV watching blind date.
This is a very funny book and Helen Fielding in creating Bridget has given us a character who is very easy to identify with. The humour in the book comes from watching her do the things we've all done a million times before but have never admitted to. For example, we have all at some point cursed the invention of 1471 for what in the end becomes an obsessive compulsion to see if that one special person has called ... and have all therefore been plunged into a pit of despair when we discover that the last and only person to ever call was your mum!
My only criticism of the book is that it has a slightly predictable ending; though leaving Bridget to any other fate would only have left readers feeling cheated. This is a book for all those people who understand the importance of chocolate and who indulge their addictions even against their better judgement. We've all been there and bought the t-shirt - now you can read the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Curley on 13 Feb. 2007
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If you are wanting a novel that challenges you and makes you think.... Then maybe Pride and Prejudice or Jane Eyre are more for you. But, if you want a page turner that has you doubled over crying with laughter... this is your perfect book.

Its easy to read and one of the only books i have EVER read that has made me laugh out loud.

Some books make you think "oh thats funny" some books make you smile. This book will make you unable to read because the tears of laughter are blurring your vision!

Read it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danormo on 6 Nov. 2007
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Actually I don't like diary novels, I thought, when I considered reading this book. Now I'm glad that I did read it anyway, because now I know that I love at least one diary-book, in fact Bridget Jones's Diary!

This funny and lovely Book was written by Helen Fielding who was born in Yorkshire. Today she lives in London, where the story of Bridget Jones, the main character, takes place as well. Published in 1997, the book was very successful in England. Later it became a global best-seller.

With her first diary-entry, Bridget characterizes in a few sentences the whole generation of women which she belongs to: She's not only too thick, moreover she tries to stop smoking desperately. In addition, pursed by bad conscience, she counts how much alcohol she drinks each day. As if she, as a single woman in London at the age of 30, didn't have enough other problems, she makes the New Year's resolution to find a boyfriend within the next year. A nice one, to spend her life with. For example her boss Daniel Cleaver who is very attractive. He seems to be open for a relationship but only as long as it is uncomplicated and non-binding. This causes many problems.
Till next New Year's Eve it's not only her weight that goes up and down. It's the same with many other chapters in her life because she is very talented in walking into traps, what is always very funny and entertaining.

Well, all things considered the book tells a story about a chaotic, lovely and not-married woman who tries to change her life.
It is very entertaining with typical Brtitish-humour and much irony. I often had to laugh out loud when I was reading it and that is the reason why I'm giving this book five stars. Above all the characterization is brilliant and the writing excellent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Teri Wishart on 6 Aug. 2007
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Now this book is absolutely hilarious, easy to read and easy to understand. I could read this book repeatedly but I would reccommend this for the ages of 19 to infinity and beyond. While reading this book I was doubled up laughing and if i wasn't doubled up I was choking with laughter. Thank you and I hope this helps. Enjoy the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Howdy Cowgirl! on 13 Sept. 2010
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I have a confession to make - I scrupulously avoided anything to do with this book for about 10 years because I was scared of what it represented - some neurotic, sad, single girl on the shelf. How wrong I was!

I bought this on a whim secondhand and within a couple of paragraphs I realised how I had totally misunderstood the whole concept. This is one of the funniest, warmest, most intuitive books I've ever read and now takes it's place among my favourite books. Bridget is a great character and you can't help but identify with her, she's so human and full of hope. There are trials and tribulations with Mark Darcy and dastardly Daniel Cleaver but it's the little things I loved - her mental mother, the unforfilled promises and subsequent excuses not to go to the gym, the spiralling worry and obsessive behaviour (dieting, doing 1471), always being late for work and most of all, the drunkeness, 'Argor. Tonight was blurry brillant! Tumbled over.'

Although I have since morphed into a 'smug married' (and then out again)it reminds me what it's like to be that way, single and living in flat in London and the sometimes desperate and lonely but often euphoric way that feels.

If you still haven't read this, I really recommend it - it's not at all sloppy but properly laugh-out loud funny and full of snappy wit and satire. Perhaps like me you'll be pleasantly surprised.
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