Helen Fielding's new novel is to be titled Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, publisher Jonathan Cape has revealed.
The novel is said to represent a "totally new phase" in Bridget's life. Set in present-day London, it features an older Bridget, still keeping a diary but now immersed in texting and experimenting with social media "with an emphasis on 'social'".
A brief extract from the novel shows Bridget giving her Dating Rule Number One: Do Not Text While Drunk. "You see, this is the trouble with the modern world," muses the heroine. "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 11.30pm to find a postbox. A text is gone at the brush of a fingertip, like a nuclear bomb or an exocet missile."
Cape publishing director Dan Franklin promised the book would once again give a voice to a generation of women, as well as tackling "all the joys and complications of social media".
Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy will be published on 10th October. Twitter (@vintagebooks and @jonathancape) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/BridgetJonesBook) will also promote the title.