New Bridget Jones novel next year

It's exciting news for Bridget's many fans – Helen Fielding is to write a third Bridget Jones novel, to be published next autumn

The woman with the most famous knickers in the world is back, with a new novel announced by Bridget Jones creator Helen Fielding.

No plot details have been given away, but Fielding's new publisher Jonathan Cape has said "the novel explores a different phase in Bridget's life". Could the 30-something "singleton" finally be having a baby?

Helen Fielding said: "I'm thrilled to be published by Jonathan Cape but want to register my huge appreciation of Bridget's original publisher, Picador, and the success they made of the two early Bridget Jones novels. The new novel is set in present-day London, with an entirely new scenario for Bridget. If people laugh as much reading it as I am while writing it then we'll all be very happy."
The Edge of Reason left Bridget finally marrying Mr Darcy (played by Colin Firth in the films) in a purple-themed winter wedding, after a turbulent relationship constantly interrupted by the roguish Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant).
Fielding's publisher said: "Great comic writers are as rare as hen’s teeth. 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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