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Bridget Jones's Guide to Life

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No-one will be fooled by this little piece of ephemera. Bridget Jones's Guide to Life is not anything like a new Bridget Jones book. It's a revisiting of old jokes, old characters, old stories. That said, there's something curiously addictive about Helen Fielding's creation, and this bonbon should satisfy a Jones addict until the (inevitable) next full-length novel comes along. The Guide to Life is a brief (64 pages) how-to manual from the notoriously inept singleton. To wit: in her chapter on homemaking (entitled "The Fragrant Home"), Bridget gives her reader advice on the atmospheric charm of a cosy fire. "The key words here are 'in the grate.'" As to food, she largely confines herself to finding a piece of old cheese in the fridge and cutting off the mouldy bits. She does, however, get in one really useful suggestion, when she explains how to play a parlour game entitled Shag, marry or push off a cliff. The rules? "Each of the players suggests three names. The person on the player's right must then decide, if they absolutely had to shag one of them, marry another, and push another off a cliff, which it would be. It is usually best to pick three which are similar in some way." Examples: Russell Crowe, Mr Darcy, Hugh Grant. Or: Colonel Gadaffi, the Ayatollah Khomeini, Idi Amin. She then adds a caveat of typically Jonesian sensitivity: "It doesn't matter if any of them are dead as it is only a game." For those who cry foul at Helen Fielding cashing in on her phenomenal franchise, it should be noted that some of the proceeds from the book will go to Comic Relief. That's the very organisation, incidentally, that the author sends up in her non-Jones novel Cause Celeb--a smart, highly entertaining book that also makes a decent stopgap for Bridgetphiliacs. --Claire Dederer

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Paperback Editions

April 2001 : UK Paperback
Title: Bridget Jones's Guide to Life
Author(s): Helen Fielding
ISBN: 0-14-200021-3 / 978-0-14-200021-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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March 2001 : UK Paperback
Title: Bridget Jones's Guide to Life (Comic Relief)
Author(s): Helen Fielding
ISBN: 0-330-48857-0 / 978-0-330-48857-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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