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Bridget Jones : The Edge of Reason

By Helen Fielding

I have been so knackered over the past month that I haven’t been able to contemplate reading hard or even new books.   My reading has been made up of comfort reads.

The Edge of Reason may not be for everybody, but I find it hilarious – laugh out loud funny in parts. It’s simple and easy to read, and very loosely based on Jane Austen’s Persuasion.   Persuasion for many years has been my favourite Austen novel.

So, back to Bridget.  At the start of the Bridget is feeling nice and loved up by Mark Darcy, then things start going belly-up and they break up.   Eventually, Bridget ends up in a Thai prison, as you do apparently, and is rescued once again.   I like the movie version, but the book, of course, is more substantial.  In between the love, the break-up, friends, rivals, Thai prisons, there are some really funny and some really poignant moments.  Some of the funnier stuff involves Bridget’s television journalism.

Easy to read.   Written in diary form.   I did skip some of the blatherings on about self-help books, although they do provide a lot of comedy.