Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Janey's Still Battling in a Man's World

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Janey's Still Battling in a Man's World

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Byline: By Hannah Stephenson

Candace Bushnell, creator of Sex And The City, has made a fortune from penning tales about New York women in search of rich, powerful and sexy men. They never seem to quite find their Mr Big Love but they have plenty of adventures looking for him in the Big Apple.

So, has life imitated art for the writer who became famous when her column for the New York Observer was turned into a book, which was in turn snapped up and made into the hit TV series starring Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, Candace's alter ego?

Certainly, she looks every inch the glamorous uptown girl, an elegant blonde in stylish Prada cashmere sleeveless sweater, Burberry short red checked skirt and mile-high black silk shoes.

She also looks much younger than her 44 years, which comes as a surprise from someone who has had a huge number of late nights and early mornings partying among New York's elite over the last two decades. But there is not a hint of a black shadow underneath those bright blue eyes.

"One time I reckoned that out of 365 days, I probably only stayed home for 21," she muses. "But I'm not the only one.

"Someone once said, `What was the most difficult thing about writing Sex And The City?' and I said `Writing with a hangover'."

Her latest book, Trading Up, sees the reappearance of Janey Wilcox, who first emerged in her bestseller, 4 Blondes. Now a gold-digging underwear model making her way to the top, Janey stamps on any mogul who gets in her way. Except that it is still a man's world and she is destined to get her comeuppance.

The novel paints a sorry picture of the superficial friendships which come and go on the New York social scene. If you're a party insider it's a great life, but if you're not it's a lonely place.

So, how has she remained an insider for so long?

She moved to the city as a struggling writer when she was 19 and initially shared an apartment with three actresses. The floor above was inhabited by call girls.

"Sometimes I would leave the apartment and there'd be a big car out front and a couple of guys. I remember once coming out and a guy in a waiting car said, `Hey, you'. …

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