Helen Fielding was born in Yorkshire. She worked for many years in London as a newspaper and TV journalist, travelling as wildly and as often as possible to Africa, India and Central America. She is the author of four novels, Cause Celeb (1994), Bridget Jones’s Diary (1996), Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2000) and Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination (2003), and co-wrote the screenplays for the movie of Bridget Jones’s Diary and the sequel based on The Edge of Reason. She now works full-time as a novelist and screenwriter and lives in London and Los Angeles.
As Picador celebrates its fortieth anniversary the Picador team are celebrating working for the finest imprint in literary London. I haven’t been at Picador for forty years, of course, but in the spirit of The Picador Book of 40 here are twenty of the most memorable titles I’ve read, not read, or been involved with.
Posted By Rosanna Boscawen on Sunday 30th Sep 2012
Renée Zellweger did three weeks' work experience at Picador to prepare for her part as Bridget Jones. Picador publicist Camilla Elworthy recalls that she was so good at it that there was talk of offering her a job.
Posted By Sophie Jonathan on Tuesday 31st Jan 2012
When Helen Fielding began to write the column, she thought it might last for six weeks. By 2007, Guardian readers in an online poll placed Bridget Jones’s Diary alongside The Catcher in the Rye and Nineteen Eighty-Four among the ten novels which best defined the twentieth century. Academics today wrangle over what it might or might not tell us about the present state of feminism or post-feminism. Book-length critical works are published on it. Fan fiction based on the characters proliferates online. Bridget Jones has come a very long way since 1995.