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The Lady September 16, 2016 00:00

In this issue of The Lady : Dear Readers
When asked recently about the inspiration for her original Bridget Jones’s Diary, writer Helen Fielding said it owed a great deal to Jane
Austen’s glorious inventions, in particular her icy, romantic hero, Mr Darcy. And when it came to casting the role for film, who else could
have played him except Colin Firth? After all, who can forget him emerging from the lake in the TV adaptation of Pride And Prejudice? Ahead of a new film, where the hapless but adorable Bridget finds herself pregnant, Colin Firth explains why Darcy is so appealing to
play and Renée Zellweger (aka Bridget) tells us what he’s like in real life. For anyone who has their hopes up, he is happily married!
Jilly Cooper is no stranger to romantic heroes and her legions
of fans everywhere (I am in that queue) will be utterly delighted
to discover that for her new novel she has brought back the
irresistible character, Rupert Campbell-Black. Is he still a cad
with flameproof charisma now that he is a silver fox, or has life
tamed him? Certainly his public school education will have
taught him never to tell.
For those concerned with discovering what else our young
ones should be learning, our 20-page Independent Schools
Special will prove indispensable. Perhaps they may have some
tips for our new cheeky office dog, Miss Darcy Bustle?
Until next week, best wishes,
Sam Taylor

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