TODAY   |  February 09, 2013

Bridget Jones is back in a new novel

Get ready, world. The chain-smoking, booze-swilling, granny-panty wearing singleton is back this fall in a brand-new book. TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie reports.

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>>> i'm back and so is bridgette jones, the third back about the single lady in london will hit shelves at the end of this year. and as savannah guthrie tells us, it's good news for fans who have been waiting more than 14 years.

>> reporter: get ready, world. bridgette jones is back.

>> reporter: the chain-smoking, booze-swilling, granny panty-wearing, often bumbling swing ton in a world of smug marrieds will run this november in a new book.

>> there's more life for bridgette. definitely, readers, media, everybody is waiting to see where she is now.

>> reporter: spawned from a newspaper clem, " bridget jones diary " was first published in 1996 . combined with the sequel, the book sold over 15 million copies in 40 countries.

>> what on earth are you wearing? you look like a common prostitute.

>> reporter: the movie based on the book further cemented bridget as a pop culture icon.

>> she was relatable. there was something that felt so authentic. you knew that girl. she was your sister, your best friend. she was that co-worker that you. like you could talk to into the wee hours of the morning about everything.

>> reporter: the new book takes place in present day london and will represent a totally new phase in bridget 's life. leaving bridget 's fans wondering if she will resume her old affair with the cad, daniel cleaver. live happily ever with the reindeer jumper-wearing mark darcy .

>> i like you very much. just as you are.

>> reporter: or perhaps bridget will just end up -- all by