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The dark side of Sex and the City: why Candace Bushnell's book was no New York fairy tale
In the early 90s, Candace Bushnell was a thirtysomething woman in New York who, according to her friend Jay McInerney himself no party slouch , "was doing advanced postgraduate work in the subject of going out on the town". She didn't have to sleep on foam for much longer. The columns shimmered with in-the-know details about a very particular Manhattan set, such as men who worry about which interior decorator to hire for their private jet and women who install CCTV cameras to spy on their child's nanny. And Bushnell, despite her financial straits, was absolutely part of this set. Oh yeah — one of those! There is no other kind in Bushnell's world. Readers delighted in matching the column's characters to their real-life counterparts: is River Wilde, the gay and slightly scary novelist, based on Bret Easton Ellis?
Please refresh the page and retry. Candace Bushnell has returned to what transformed her from skint journalist to an author as monied as the people she immortalised. Is There Still Sex in the City? In it, Bushnell continues the quest that made her name: sex, marriage, and whether people are embarking on either. Bushnell, now 60 but looking at least 15 years younger has been married and, like those pitiable women in her first book, moved to Connecticut We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future.