Helen Fielding is set to publish a new book in the Bridget Jones franchise in time for Christmas entitled Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries.
The book, published by Jonathan Cape on 11th October, is based on Fielding’s original columns in the Independent and chronicles Bridget’s "somewhat bumpy journey into motherhood", with a pregnancy "full of cheesy potatoes, outlandish advice from Drunken Singletons and Smug Mothers, chaos at scans and childbirth classes, high jinks and romance, joy and despair", all of which overshadowed by the "terribly awkward" question of 'who is the father?'
It follows the 16th September release of the third instalment of the Bridget Jones movie franchise: "Bridget Jones’s Baby", produced by Working Title Films and Universal Pictures.
UK and Commonwealth rights excluding Canada for the novel were acquired from Creative Artists Agency by Vintage m.d Richard Cable, for Jonathan Cape. Translation rights will be handled by Aitken Alexander Associates in the UK. The book will be available in hardback, e-book and audiobook formats.
The title is preceded by Fielding’s 1996 international bestselling novel Bridget Jones’s Diary, its 1999 sequel Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason, and, in 2013, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy. All three have been published in 40 different countries.
Fielding said: "At heart Bridget Jones is about the gap between how we all feel we’re expected to be and how we actually are and – as Bridget discovers with her somewhat bumpy pregnancy - how we expect life to turn out and how it actually does. I’m excited to see Bridget’s world on the big screen again, and delighted to be published by Jonathan Cape."
Cable said: "We couldn’t be more thrilled to be able to announce that a new Bridget Jones adventure will shortly enter the world. For her millions of fans, Bridget is family and we look forward to welcoming Baby Jones into the fold."