New 'Bridget Jones' book is due next fall

Author Helen Fielding says the new book will bring Bridget to the present day and feature the protagonist tweeting.

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Renee Zellweger has portrayed Bridget Jones in the first two film adaptations of Helen Fielding's popular novels.

Hapless heroine Bridget Jones will be back for a third installment, according to author Helen Fielding.

Fielding, who is behind the two previous books, “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,” said that the novel will be set in current London. While a third film is being planned, the two plots will not be related (the third movie is said to follow Bridget becoming pregnant), and the book will have Bridget’s tweets in place of the usual entries in her diary.

“[It’s] an entirely new scenario for Bridget,” Fielding said during an appearance on the TV show “Women’s Hour”. “If people laugh as much reading it as I am while writing it, then we’ll all be very happy… It’s more like ‘number of Twitter followers: 0. Still no followers. Still no followers’… She is still on the diet… She's trying a bit harder, and is a bit more successful, but she's never really going to change.”

The new book is due next fall and will be released through the publisher Jonathan Cape.

“Great comic writers are as rare as hen’s teeth,” Jonathan Cape publisher Dan Franklin told the Telegraph. “Helen is one of a very select band who have created a character, Bridget, of whom the very thought makes you smile. Like millions of others, I can’t wait to see what’s happened to her.”

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