The book documents a part of my life which never got to happen. Having been born and brought up in the same part of Northern England and shared an education at the same all girls school .Although at an earlier time than the author
The book reflects the career of a tertiary educated youngish, thirtyish ,professional,single woman who has to negotiate her way through a minefield of sexual politics for which there are no set rules.
In the sixties and seventies the search for a partner had extended to a later stage especially when the setting is in a capital city like London.What an opportunity to reinvent oneself A dangerous practice to say the least.The book deals with all these problems in the form of a day to day diary .A very engrossing format. For me I married and left London in my twenties and went to live in Oz thus avoiding a very difficult period of a feminist search for identity I bought the book to find out what I missed by leaving London at that time
Did B Jones find her Mr Darcy ? Read the book and find out.
This book has been around for some twenty years and I have only just read it. I admit that I saw the film first and just like many of my male and female friends, I loved it, however implausible it seemed. It was both fun and funny at the time. I won't explain the story because most people have a rough idea. The book, too, was also funny and in a format that made it a breeze to read – a diary – as the title suggests. Some sections were repetitive, hence the removal of 1 Star, but the reading pace was quick. However, the novel is longer than I expected. Some women might be offended by the self-deprecating, hormonal, shallow, heavy-drinking, weight obsessed behaviour of a young woman surrounded by her equally shallow, but very good and supportive friends. For me, this was the actual point of the story. Dilute that aspect, and you would have nothing but vanilla mush. I read this novel as satire, not as a work of philosophical meaning. The way you perceive the story comes down to perspective. The baggage you take into the journey will affect your perspective. Ultimately, Bridget is fictional and she becomes likeable because she is flawed and extremely unlucky. This, for me, is light reading and should be taken as such. It is satire after all. The good thing these days is that you can read a little of the Amazon 'Look Inside' free feature and decide if it's for you. Personally, I believe that the film was better for once. Not by much, though. But, I did see the movie first which may have affected my point of view. Sergiu Pobereznic (author)