Helen Fielding’s story of Bridget Jones, and her struggles with men and weight, was made famous by the 2001 film starring Hugh Grant and Renee Zellweger.

Written in the form of a personal diary, the book tells the story of a year in the life of Bridget Jones, a single working woman living in London. She writes about her career, vices, family, friends and romantic relationships.


You can buy this story as a graded reader book (with an audio CD). It is suitable for B1 (Intermediate) level students of English (the book comes with an audio CD so you can listen to the story as you read along). Get this book here.


struggle, verb, to try extremely hard to achieve something, even though it is very difficult
weight, noun [C,U], how heavy something is when you measure it
star, verb, to be one of the main characters in a film or TV show
vice, noun [C], a bad habit

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