Helen Fielding has a new entry in her chick lit sensation featuring single British career woman, Bridget Jones. The book, which does not yet have a title, will be published by Knopf in November, and is set to get a first printing of 250,000 copies.
The first book featuring Bridget Jones, Bridget Jones's Diary, was published in 1996. That novel, which grew out of Fielding's popular newspaper column in The Independent, is generally considered one of the titles that helped launch interest in the genre known as chick lit. A sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, was published in 1999. Knopf said the two novels combined have sold over 15 million copies, and been published in 40 countries.
Speaking to the new novel, Fielding said it will examine a new phase in her heroine's life. "My life has moved on, and Bridget's will move on, too," Fielding noted. Like the previous Bridget Jones novels, this book will be set in London. Fielding is also set to appear at BookExpo America, to promote the book and will be a breakfast speaker at a BEA panel on June 1.