Bridget Jones's Diary:- The First Columns - The Independent (Bookring)

by Helen Fielding | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: Global Overview for this book
Registered by smurphie of Banchory, Scotland United Kingdom on 8/7/2005
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16 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by smurphie from Banchory, Scotland United Kingdom on Sunday, August 07, 2005
No ISBN number as this little book was released free with The Independent Newspaper yesterday Saturday 6th August 2005.

Before the actual book Bridget Jones's Diary Helen Fielding was writing a Column for The Independent newspaper and this is a collection from the newspaper.

Thinking of offering this one up as a bookring.

Journal Entry 2 by smurphie from Banchory, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, August 13, 2005
Okay this little book is away on it's travels next week as part of my first Bookring.

Hopefully it will go in this order:-
arier (Greece) Here 2nd September 2005
Stoxasths (Greece) Here 22nd September 2005
CandyDarling (Finland)
whitehorsy (Belgium)
janey-canuck (Canada)
doris (Canada)
RaineeRose (USA)
fsr44 (USA)
editorgrrl (USA)
silverstarry (USA)

Then back to me Smurphie in Scotland.

Okay hope I haven't missed anybody out if so PM me ASAP and I will add you. Have tried to take into account all your shipping preferences if I have mixed you up again PM me ASAP.

Included in the package will be a postcard for each of you to keep from where I work. I you could add a postcard for me or send me one when the book arrives with you from your country or town where you live for when the book returns I would really appreciate that.

Also included will be an envelope containing a couple of International Reply Coupons. These can be used to cover postage incase of emergencies.

I'm looking forward to hearing from this little book and all it's exciting advertures around the world.


Heading off as my first ever bookring. Heading for Greece first. Hope to hear from it soon.

Journal Entry 4 by areir from Kallithea, Attica Greece on Friday, September 02, 2005
This little book arrived safe although it took 14 days to reach its destination! Thanks for the beautiful card Smurphie! More when I finish it...

I love Bridget Jones and I really enjoyed this book!
So, Bridget Jones is the... british version of "Sex and the City"? It's much more realistic!

Journal Entry 5 by areir at to a bookcrosser in sent by mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, September 15, 2005

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I sent it to Stoxasths...

Journal Entry 6 by Stoxasths on Thursday, September 22, 2005
Bridget is here! I fall in love with Bridget from the movies (hope there is a sequel! Maybe a pregnant Bridget). Tha card was beautiful. I am starting today!

Journal Entry 7 by Stoxasths on Sunday, October 23, 2005
The book is really great. I don't have the time now to read the whole book but I don't want to be a bookring staller, so I will have it sent by the end of the week.

Journal Entry 8 by wingCandyDarlingwing from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, November 27, 2005
I received the book on Friday. Thank you Smurphie for organising this bookring, and for the lovely postcard. It's nice to be able to read the original columns! I'm already on page 42, and I definitely like this little book. :) The first entry is dated Sunday 26 February, which means the events take place in 1995...

Journal Entry 9 by wingCandyDarlingwing from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, January 13, 2006
I finished this little book already before Christmas, and I sent it to whitehorsy yesterday. I'm really sorry for keeping it longer than a month, I can blame nothing except my laziness...

Thank you Smurphie for organising this ring! I had only seen the first Bridget Jones movie, so this was my first book by Helen Fielding. I loved it, and will read the first Bridget Jones diary as soon as I have a break in the bookrings coming in. The author's humour made this book so good, without it, Bridget would have seemed like a really sad case.

Journal Entry 10 by whitehorsy from Hasselt, Limburg / Limbourg Belgium on Monday, January 23, 2006
After "Bridget Jones's guide to life" ring, here's "The first columns"! It's one Bridgity book after the other! :-) I love the original books and the movies also, so this little book will be a great read as well... it will be next on my reading list!

Thanks for sending it along CandyDarling and thank you Smurphie for the lovely postcard (it seems you're working in a beautiful place!).

Journal Entry 11 by whitehorsy from Hasselt, Limburg / Limbourg Belgium on Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Finished! :-) This little book didn't contain many secrets. I've read "Bridget Jones's Diary" so many times... These first columns contain the same ideas and story lines and they reminded me of parts from the book but then they turned out differently and I always had the feeling there was something missing... haha, it makes me want to read the books again, to refresh my mind. Anyway, it was a fun read!

It will be on its way to janey-canuck tomorrow (by priority mail).

Journal Entry 12 by janey-canuck from Guelph, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Received in the mail today. It doesn't look like it will take very long, so I'll pm Doris for her address today, but I am in the middle of moving, so it will either get in the mail before Friday or I'll have to hold on to it for two or three weeks.

Journal Entry 13 by janey-canuck from Guelph, Ontario Canada on Friday, February 10, 2006
This wasn't what I was expecting at all!! I knew that Bridget started as a newspaper column, but I never realized that the book was based on those columns. I really enjoyed this and just flew through it since it was so similar to the book and now I'm craving to read the book again! It was such a fun little read, thanks so much for sharing, Smurphie, and thanks for the beautiful postcard.

I have pm-ed Doris for her address, but haven't heard back yet, so I'm going to try to pack this somewhere that I can find it easily (I'm moving back into my parents' house this weekend and everything is going into the basement for storage) so that I can get to it for sending off to Doris.

Journal Entry 14 by 3D3D on Friday, February 24, 2006
Received this today. Will start pronto! Great bits with the book! Thx for my postcard. Great first bookring!

Keep smilin!

Journal Entry 15 by 3D3D on Monday, March 06, 2006
Completed this the other day. Nice to have to have the chance to read this book. I could see how she developed the columns for the book. Having read the book though, it was a bit repetitious and as it was a small book, easy to get through. Any longer and I might have put aside.

Thanks for sharing! And for the post card! Ver well organized bookring!

Mailing this week.

Journal Entry 16 by 3D3D at on Tuesday, March 14, 2006

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Mailed today to RaineeRose

Keep smilin!

Journal Entry 17 by RaineeRose from Rochester, New York USA on Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Received today. I'll read this ASAP and then send it on to fsr44. Thanks!

Journal Entry 18 by RaineeRose from Rochester, New York USA on Friday, March 24, 2006
Even though I've read both of the Bridget Jones books, I still enjoyed the columns. Reading this book reminding me of how much I enjoyed Bridget before. Thanks for sharing, Smurphie, and thanks so much for the postcard. I'll send the book on to fsr44 early next week.


Sending to fsr44. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 20 by wingfsr44wing from Pawtucket, Rhode Island USA on Monday, April 03, 2006
Received today. This must be the most well organized, well packaged bookring I've ever been on! Wow!
I'll read this and speed it on its way.

Journal Entry 21 by wingfsr44wing from Pawtucket, Rhode Island USA on Wednesday, April 05, 2006
This was a fun read. Interesting to see how the early columns contrast with the book.
Sending on to SilverStarry tomorrow.

Journal Entry 22 by silverstarry from Berkeley, California USA on Monday, April 10, 2006
Just received this in the mail today - can't wait to read it!

Journal Entry 23 by silverstarry from Berkeley, California USA on Saturday, April 15, 2006
I read the Bridget Jones novel years ago, so this was like reading a fun refresher course in Bridget's trials and tribulations. There were some differences in these early columns (most notably the absence of Mark who merited only one mention in passing). A previous reader compared this to Sex and the City. Interestingly, I liked the tv series but really disliked the book. I couldn't understand how anyone in development at HBO read Sex and the City and thought it would make a great series. In contrast, I can see how Helen Fielding's original columns convinced a publisher to have her write a book. Thanks so much to Smurphie for sharing this book with us!

Journal Entry 24 by silverstarry from Berkeley, California USA on Monday, April 17, 2006
Mailed to editorgrrl today!

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Journal Entry 25 by editorgrrl from New Haven, Connecticut USA on Thursday, April 20, 2006
Received in the mail from Kensington, California, USA. 120 pages, so shouldn't take long to read.

From Fielding's November 2005 introduction
Back in the winter of 1995 I was trying to write an earnest and frankly unreadable novel about cultural divides in the Caribbean, and was rather short of cash. The Independent asked me to write a column, as myself, about single life in London. Much as I needed the money, the idea of writing about myself in that way seemed hopelessly embarrassing and revealing. I offered to write an anonymous column instead, using an exaggerated, comic, fictional character. I assumed no one would read it, and it would be dropped after six weeks for being too silly.

Had I known what was to happen, and that millions of people across the world would end up reading about Bridget Jones and thinking that it was me anyway -- me who consumed up to 12 alcohol units and 14,000 calories a day, me who resolved not to entertain anymore fuckwits, then repeatedly shagged Daniel Cleaver -- I would have realised it wasn't a particularly privacy-protecting idea. I certainly would never have dared write what I did.

I always stuck all the columns in a series of large hardback scrapbooks. I found them again recently. It was funny to read the first ones after all this time and remember how nervous I felt writing them. I didn't let anyone except the section editor know it was me. All the journalists on my desk were frightfully serious and writing about New Labour and global warming -- I didn't want them to know that I was writing about why it takes three hours between waking up in the morning and leaving the house.

I feel rather more confident about them now. And it's good to be starting the column again, back at The Independent, where it all began, before all the fuss. I hope you enjoy reading the originals -- but please do remember: they are the diary of an exaggerated, comic, fictional character. It wasn't me who drank all the alcohol units and shagged all the fuckwits. It was Bridget Jones. Obviously.

Journal Entry 26 by editorgrrl from New Haven, Connecticut USA on Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Mailed (on Monday) to CheriePie in Wilmington, Massachusetts, USA. I'd forgotten how much I've missed Miss Jones. Loved this book so much I bought a copy on eBay for my personal collection. Thanks so much, Smurphie & silverstarry (and all the previous readers), for sharing this book with me.

Journal Entry 27 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Received today from editorgrrl. I know it's small, but I'm in the middle of another ring book right now, and promised to start another right after it, so to keep from reading too much at once, I probably won't be able to start on it for a couple of weeks. But it looks like once I do, it'll only be a day or two read. Thanks!

Hmmm... looks like I'm last on the list anyway, so now I feel better that no one is waiting to read this after me. That'll give me a chance to go postcard shopping too. (My surburban town doesn't really have any souvenir shops, but Boston's only about 13 miles south of me, so I should be able to find something if I head in that direction. Hmmm... I wonder if the PO has post cards too. Will have to investigate that option.)

Journal Entry 28 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Wednesday, May 31, 2006
This was an interesting look at how Bridget Jones first started out. I think it kind of worked out to be like a first draft for the book, as she used a lot of the same events that happened to Bridget, though there were a few additional characters I didn't recognize from the book. I think there were some mistakes too. Like on page 12, she talks about Tina's relationship with Richard, who turns out to be Vile Richard, whom in the books is Jude's on-again, off-again guy. And in this scene, Jude, who's acting more like Shazzer, is going on about what emotional fuckwits men are. Later in the book, though I forget what page, it's Jude who's with vile Richard, more like in the books, but Jude also dated Bridget's dad or something... something that didn't happen in the books. I'm not sure if anyone else noticed this discrepancy with the Richard thing.

Since I'm playing detective, I also noticed that the reader list here in the journal entry does not match the list that was sent around in the book. As it is, I'm not even on the list here in the journal entry, and neither is Ratling in Austria, who was listed in position #3 on the list included with the book. Seeing as she was skipped, and her postcard was still included in the book, I guess I should contact her to see if she still wants to read this before sending it back home to Smurphie... unless you know she was removed from the list on this journal page for a reason Smurphie, let me know.

UPDATE 05-Jun-2006: Though Ratling said she would like to read this, she'll be traveling for the next few months and won't really know where she'll be, nor have the time. So this'll head home to Smurphie just as soon as I get an addy. :)

UPDATE 10-JUN-2006: Got this packed up today, weighed, customs forms, postage, all that good stuff... and will put it in the mailbox for Monday's (6/12) mail pickup. :) Thanks Smurphie!

Journal Entry 29 by smurphie from Banchory, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, June 16, 2006
Well just to let you all know this little book arrived home safe and well yesterday. Hope you all enjoyed it and thanks again for taking part.

Maybe I'll offer it up for a ring again who konws where it will travel next....

Journal Entry 30 by smurphie from Banchory, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Offering up as a ring again and it's setting off on it's travels.

It's running roder is as follows:-

Stellarv - Brazil (will ship intl)

Lemonista - Canada (will ship Intl)

voveryte - Uk


and then home to me Smurphie.

Enclosed is a wee envelope for each of you.

Hope you ejoy this ring and if you have any problems please do PM me.

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Heading off on it's further adventures.

Journal Entry 32 by Stellarv from Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro Brazil on Tuesday, January 08, 2008
After a long journey, here it is! A very light read, I'll definetely not take to long. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 33 by Stellarv from Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro Brazil on Thursday, February 28, 2008
Too similar to the published book, but there are some columns that I didn't read. Great as Bridget usually is.

It's on its way to Lemonitsa!

Journal Entry 34 by Lemonitsa from Montréal, Québec Canada on Thursday, March 20, 2008
Arrived safe and sound yesterday with all the goodies \o/

I'll be reading it on the weekend and mailing it off to voveryte this week. Thanks for everything Smurphie!

lots of hugs

ETA: (april 04) Had a grand time reading this little book and remembered why I love Bridget :)
I've got voveryte's addy, so I'll mail everything on Monday. Cheers!


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Off to voveryte :)

Journal Entry 36 by voveryte from Woolwich, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, April 11, 2008
Received today! Mmm, looks promising and a quick read, so hopefully it won't take me long to finish this!

Journal Entry 37 by voveryte from Woolwich, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, April 21, 2008
Oh, how enjoyable it was! I just remembered how wonderful Bridget books were, maybe I'll have to go through them again one day. And the other part of this bookring is soooo funny!!
Thanks Lemonitsa for passing it to me and Smurphie for organising the ring + nice surprise in the envelope! :)

Journal Entry 38 by MrsJennings from Barton Park, Devon United Kingdom on Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Received today, thanks voveryte, and thank you for the bookmark smurphie.

Journal Entry 39 by MrsJennings from Barton Park, Devon United Kingdom on Friday, May 30, 2008
It wasn't me who drank all the alcohol units and shagged all the fuckwits. It was Bridget Jones. Obviously.

Ha ha, v good. On its way home to Scotland now.

Journal Entry 40 by smurphie from Banchory, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, June 02, 2008
Arrived home this morning.

Thanks to all who took part in another successful ring.

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