Novel About a Neurotic Woman Makes Helen Fielding £1.4 Million!

At-a-glance Facts:

Name: Helen Fielding.

Age: 41 years.

'Foolish' Idea: Turning her newspaper column - which describes the neurotic thoughts of a single woman desperate to find the right man - into a novel.

The Story: Published, 1996, Helen's best seller, Bridget Jones's Diary, struck a chord with readers all over Britain.

By autumn 1998 the novel reached a million sales and it has gone to sell a further 400,000 copies in the UK. In America, Japan and the rest of Europe, Bridget Jones's Diary has caught the imagination to shift another 1.2 million copies.

Earnings: Helen has earned royalties of around £1.4 million from her novel.

Spin-off: Turned into the highly acclaimed film of the same title as the novel.

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