Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

Probably one of the famous books in recent years – almost certainly made more famous by the release of the film – Bridget Jones’s Diary is your classic chick lit. Introducing Bridget Jones; a dizzy thirty-something trying to sort her life out.

Bridget’s year begins with her a singleton, with constant pressure from family and friends – smug-marrieds – to get ‘sprogged up.’ Her single state is not through choice, however, and soon enough one Daniel Cleaver comes along.

A scoundrel through and through, he tempts our Bridget, then dumps her for a younger model.

Intermingled in this plot is the occasional appearance of one Mark Darcy, whom Bridget hates. Their parents are friends and Bridget’s barmy mother is desperate to set them up. Bridget has other ideas; and on the occasions on which she sees him, does her best to avoid him, particularly when she finds out about his less than innocent past.

However, as the saying goes, there is a fine line between love and hate. Maybe Bridget’s opinion of Mark will change? Only time will tell. Other dramas unfold in Bridget’s life; including her mother leaving her father for Julio, who turns out to be a rather unsavoury character; her best friend Tom’s disappearance; and dinner party disasters.

Bridget’s hectic year ends happily; in the arms of a gorgeous man. But who is it? You’ll have to read it and find out!

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