updated 07/24/2013 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/24/2013 AT 10:05 AM ET
Bridget Jones is back!
What has the hapless, loveable heroine of Helen Fielding’s international bestseller Bridget Jones’s Diary been up to since she took the world by storm in the 1990s?
But she does say the book, to be published on Oct. 15, is set in present-day London. Bridget, who was played by Renée Zellweger on the big screen, hasn’t kicked all of her vices (cigarettes and alcohol), and dating and dieting remain problem areas.
Now, though, there’s Twitter – and her appalling lack of followers – to add to the mix.
“My life has moved on, and Bridget’s will move on, too,” Fielding says in a press release from her publisher. “If people laugh as much reading it as I did while writing it, then we’ll all be happy.”