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Much-loved chick-lit heroine Bridget Jones will be returning next year, it was revealed recently. Jonathan Cape has acquired the new novel by author Helen Fielding, which will 'explore a different phase in Bridget's life'. The book will be published in autumn of 2013.

Fans of Bridget Jones will no doubt be delighted at the news. The novel, which began as a column in the Independent in 1995, became a bestseller, with Bridget Jones's Diary and sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason being adapted into movies starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant.

Helen said: "I'm thrilled to be published by Jonathan Cape but want to register my huge appreciation of Bridget's original publisher, Picador, and the success they made of the two early Bridget Jones novels. The new novel is set in present-day London, with an entirely new scenario for Bridget. If people laugh as much reading it as I am while writing it then we'll all be very happy."