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Mad About The Boy: the new Bridget Jones book

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Bridget's back!

The new title from Helen Fielding's massively popular diary series has been revealed today as Bridget Jones: Mad about The Boy.

When asked what boy in particular Bridget was mad about, Fielding "merely raised one eyebrow enigmatically," according to publishers Jonathan Cape.

The book, out in October, sees the return of everyone's favourite chain-smoking heroine, as she faces a modern world rife with hazards such as drunken texting and social media typos.

An extract reads:

Wednesday 24 October 2012

11.27 p.m. Just presss d SEND. Iss fineisn’t it?

You see, this is the trouble with the modern world. If it was the days of letter-writing, I would never even have started to find his address, a pen, a piece of paper, an envelope, a stamp, and gone outside at 11.30p.m. to find a postbox. A text is gone at the brush of a fingertip, like a nuclear bomb or exocet missile.

DATING RULE NO:1

DO NOT TEXT WHEN DRUNK

Published 14 years after the last sequel (Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason), Mad about The Boy will focus on "a totally new phase in Bridget’s life."

She's older obviously and still keeping a diary, but whether or not giant pants and the ever-gorgeous Mark Darcy still feature remains to be seen - let alone Daniel Cleaver and the colourful likes of Uncle Geoffrey and Una Alconbury.

Helen Fielding’s first book, Bridget Jones’s Diary, was an international bestseller on publication in 1996 and sold over 15 million copies, along with the sequel.

It was made into a hit film starring Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth (and a particularly memorable - read, rather endearing - street fight scene).

Both the book and the film came to define certain aspects of 90s pop culture, with Bridget heralded for being a different kind of ditzy female lead, one that all women could relate to.

ABOVE: Author Helen Fielding

Dan Franklin, Jonathan Cape Publishing Director said: "As a comic writer, Helen is without equal. Over fifteen years ago she gave a voice to a generation of young women with the original Bridget book; now they’ve grown up and she’s doing it again in Bridget Jones: Mad about The Boy -- this time with all the joys and complications of social media."

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