Re­turn of Miss Jones is wel­come on rainy day

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I’ve al­ways seen Brid­get Jones as a kin­dred spirit. Ob­vi­ously she’s a char­ac­ter of fic­tion and un­like me she did marry Mr Won­der­ful, the gor­geous hu­man rights lawyer Mark Darcy. Still, we have plenty in com­mon. Now Brid­get is back in Mad About The Boy, the third in­stal­ment of her di­ary writ­ten by He­len Field­ing. In­ter­est­ingly Field­ing was once an anony­mous news­pa­per colum­nist. It’s writ­ten in di­ary style as be­fore but Brid­get is now 51, a widow, a mother of two and an as­pir­ing screen­play writer. It’s no fairy-tale end­ing but Brid­get hasn’t lost her sense of hu­mour. We fol­low Brid­get through the sagas of find­ing love again, in­clud­ing a re­la­tion­ship with a much younger man. She strug­gles with the in­flu­ence of 21st cen­tury tech­nol­ogy es­pe­cially tex­ting. There’s sage ad­vice in, ‘‘Dat­ing Rule Num­ber 1 – do not text when drunk’’. I liked the ref­er­ence to TV re­motes, leav­ing her ‘‘jab­bing con­fus­edly at but­tons like a mon­key with a mo­bile phone’’. The tales of the school pick up run are bril­liant. Brid­get’s old friends fea­ture, do­ing their best to sup­port her through the chaos. Their ef­forts to get her back in the dat­ing scene are hi­lar­i­ous. Old flame Daniel Cleaver turns up and her mother makes an ap­pear­ance, as ir­re­press­ible as ever. I was doubt­ful whether Brid­get Jones with­out Mark Darcy would work but some­how it does. Brid­get Jones, the mid­dle-aged mother is a good woman. I’d rec­om­mend the book as a great way to spend a rainy af­ter­noon. You will laugh out loud. ● Queen­stown’s Sin­gle Girl is look­ing for true love. Ad­vice and po­ten­tial can­di­dates should be emailed to mir­ror@stl.co.nz

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