21stCentury

A 21st-Century Working Girl

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LONDON — She may be a young British blonde with a glam job in media, questionable coworkers and a natural writer — but she’s no Bridget Jones. She’s Margot Jones, fashion editor at the fictional magazine Haute, and she’s got a lot more on her mind than weight loss, chardonnay and unrequited love.

Jones is heavily pregnant, and not sure whether she can trust the young woman who’ll be her maternity leave replacement, the insecure and ambitious Maggie Beecher. To add to her woes, Jones’ best friend has just lost a longed-for baby and, inexplicably, refuses to return her calls and texts.

Unlike Bridget, who never held back, Margot also harbors a few guilty secrets.

The two rivals — Margot and Maggie — are the central characters in Harriet Walker’s debut novel, “The New Girl,” (Hodder & Stoughton) a pacy, suspenseful read that

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