‘I won’t be online dating’: Sex and the City creator Candace Bushnell reveals why she’s loving the single life

At 56, the bestselling author of Sex and the City is, whisper it, happily single. She reveals here that most women have no clue what men are thinking, why life improves in your 50s and why she doesn’t need Mr Big on speed dial.

We are all limited by our own branding. Even at a young age, we get the idea that we can’t be the smart one and the pretty one. We grow up and we are Single Girl, Career Woman, Wife, Mother. Then we reach middle age and those labels no longer define us. That’s when we find out who we really are.

Making a living from your looks is one of the worst ways to spend your life. I did some modelling when I first moved to New York and quickly realised it wasn’t for me. Being told that you’re not suitable because your eyelashes are too short is no way to develop self-respect.

The same goes for dating rich men. I’ve done that, too, and it’s a full-time job – but not the best job.

She will be appearing at the Henley Literary Festival on 28 September. For more information visit henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk or call 01491 575948

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13 September 2015, Daily Mail

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