Book review: Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries

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Book review: Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries

Helen Fielding

Jonathan Cape at Vintage, €14.60;

ebook, €9.00

Helen Fielding reminds us once again that she’s the queen of encapsulating the female experience in all its messy, funny, and emotional glory with her fourth Bridget Jones book.

Now, forget for a second that Hugh Grant didn’t want to join in the fun in the film of the same name, which was released in September, and that Colin Firth’s character Mark Darcy was killed off in Fielding’s previous Bridget book, 2014’s Mad About The Boy.

This is the Bridget we were all clamouring to see: in a chaotic conundrum over who the father of her baby is — Mark or Daniel.

There’s a flashback five years to her engagement party to Mark, when we find out exactly why he left her, and then we’re at the christening of the film where she sleeps with Mark.

Daniel gets some of the funniest lines. It’s short, pacy, and perfect.

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