Review: Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries – Helen Fielding

FullSizeRender.jpgTitle: Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries
Author:
Helen Fielding
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Publication date: 11 October 2016
Genre:
Humour / Romantic comedy
Pages:
240

Bring out the vodka and Chaka Khan… Bridget is back!

We meet Bridget again as she hits her late 30s and is faced with an unexpected pregnancy. The story is a spin on the classic Bridget love triangle – who is the father? Could it be publishing heavyweight (turned over-ambitious novelist) and ‘notable fuckwit’, Daniel Cleaver? Or oh-so-proper human rights lawyer and occasional wearer of novelty jumpers, Mark Darcy?

For those whose love of Bridget is unshakeable, this is a welcome opportunity to be back inside the pages of her diaries before seeing the film, which is released on DVD at the end of the month. Given that I essentially feel like Bridget is my BFF, it’s hardly surprising that I loved hearing her voice again. Helen Fielding has a way with words that never fails to make me laugh and gives Bridget her distinctive character. I particularly enjoyed the phrase ‘a veritable throng of pregnant women’ and the chapter entitled ‘Fuckwittage’.

Are there things I would change? Perhaps… It could have been longer. And I don’t seriously believe that Bridget could still have any real interest in the disaster that is Daniel Cleaver at this stage.

But Bridget, I like you very much. Just as you are.

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