Bridget Jones's Diary

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Bridget Jones's Diary
First edition
Author Helen Fielding
Cover artist Nick Turpin[1]
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Comedy novel, Chick lit
Publisher Picador
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback and paperback)
ISBN 0-670-88072-8
OCLC 38884462
823/.914 21
LC Class PR6056.I4588 B75 1998
Followed by Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Bridget Jones's Diary is a 1996 novel by Helen Fielding. Written in the form of a personal diary, the novel chronicles a year in the life of Bridget Jones, a thirty-something single working woman living in London. She writes about her career, self-image, vices, family, friends, and romantic relationships.

By 2006, the book had sold over two million copies worldwide.[2] Critics have credited Fielding's novel as the "ur-text" of the contemporary chick lit movement.[3] A sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, was published in 1999.



The novel won the 1998 British Book of the Year,[4] and Tracie Bennett won the 2000 Audie Award for "Solo Female Narration" for her audiobook narration.[5] In 2003, the novel was listed at number 75 on the BBC's survey The Big Read.[6]

Film adaptation[edit]

A film adaptation of the novel was released in 2001. The film stars Renée Zellweger (in an Academy Award nominated role) as the eponymous heroine, Hugh Grant as Daniel Cleaver, and Colin Firth as Mark Darcy. It was directed by Sharon Maguire (Helen Fielding's friend who was the inspiration for Shazzer) and the screenplay was written by Fielding, Andrew Davies, and Richard Curtis.

Musical adaptation[edit]

A musical version is currently in the works. The show is due to open in London's West End in 2012, although no date has been officially confirmed. British pop singer Lily Allen has written the score and lyrics, and Stephen Daldry will be directing, joined by his co-worker Peter Darling, who will serve as choreographer. An official cast for the production has not yet been finalised, but workshops for the show have already begun with TV actress and star of Legally Blonde the Musical, Sheridan Smith, in the title role.[7]


  1. ^ Kirby, Terry (13 November 2004). "The true story of Bridget Jones". The Independent. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Memmott, Carol (11 June 2006). "Chick lit, for better or for worse, is here to stay". USA Today. Retrieved 11 November 2008. 
  3. ^ Whelehan, Imelda (2002). Bridget Jones's Diary: A Reader. Bloomsbury Academic. 
  4. ^ Davidson, Merric. "British Book Awards – previous winners". Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2008. 
  5. ^ "The Audie Awards – 2000". Retrieved 11 November 2008. 
  6. ^ "BBC – The Big Read". BBC. April 2003. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Shenton, Mark (15 May 2009). "Stage Musical Version of "Bridget Jones's Diary" Is in the Works". Playbill. Archived from the original on 17 October 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 

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