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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; Film Tie-in Ed edition (29 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349121168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349121161
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Candace Bushnell is the best-selling author of 'Sex and the City' - the global phenomenon that began as a column in the New York Observer and went on to become an HBO cult hit TV series, best-selling novel and a box office smash in 2008 (with a sequel released May 2010). She is married and lives in Manhattan.

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"Relationships in New York are about detachment. But how do you get attached when you want to?"

Candace Bushnell, in the divinely bitchy Sex and the City, answers this question by introducing a formidable corps of successful grown-ups who are each "up to their cuffs in polished cynicism". Fully equipped with high credit limits, high heels and a never-ending supply of condoms, they storm their way through the stars and bars of New York doing drugs, drink and sex and treading the dangerous waters between the easy-living twentysomething years and the last-chance thirtysomethings.

As successful and smart single women work their way through Married Men and Modelisers (men who will only date models), Serial Daters and Perennial Bachelors, watching forlornly as the occasional Happily Married pops in to remind themselves how lucky they are, Bushnell irreverently dives in and out of varying habitats, eavesdropping on shabby lives decorated with Gold Cards and Designer Labels and taking the reader on an anthropological tour of the underbelly of the rich and the richer on their endless search for fulfilment.

Painfully sharp, often poignant and chock full with more truth than anyone would really like to admit, Sex and the City is a harem-scarem, casually vicious but ultimately thorough dissing of a thirtysomething world where gloss and glamour can never compensate for The Real Thing, and where eventually Settling is the only answer. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Intriguing and highly entertaining (Helen Fielding, author of BRIDGET JONES')

DIARY ('Imagine Jane Austen with a martini, or perhaps Jonathan Swift on rollerblades')

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH ('Imagine THE SUN edited by Jane Austen . hilarious . a compulsively readable book, served on bite-sized chunks of irrepressible irreverence.')

MARIE CLAIRE ('Irresistable, hilarious and horrific, stylishly written. You might be appalled but anyone who lives here will recognise that Candace Bushnell has captured the big black truth. The only people who won't succumb to the book's very real charms are the ones)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "ygwragwen" on 5 May 2003
Format: Paperback
Since I am a fan of the TV series, I treated myself to this book .....What a mistake !! The screenwriter is to be congratulated in making a silk purse from a sow's ear...the book is noticeably lacking in the wit and charm that pervades the series..Just a set of boring monologues ......
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Helen T on 26 Feb. 2003
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I am a huge fan of the humour and insight shown on the TV series Sex and the City. Unfortunately this book is nothing like it - just an inane selection of conversations with no apparent point or punch-line.
This book is poorly written and lacks the likeable characters featured on the TV series.
The many Americanisms and references to people only Americans have heard of, also makes it a difficult read for people outside the US.
My advice. Don't bother.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Dec. 2005
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I read the reviews on amazon before buying this book, but thought it couldn't possibly be that bad, believe me it IS! It was awful, stick to the tv series
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dmitry Zubarev on 25 Jun. 2010
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Boring. I am amazed, how such brilliantly entertaining series could be made on the basis of such dull material. If you love the series - do not read the book. You will be bitterly disappointed. I could not read even half of it, although generally am very fond of reading (and I DO NOT mean fashion magazines).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ali on 7 Aug. 2010
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Terrible, TOTALLY unlinke the television characters- the book is purely about how amazing Carrie believes herself to be, and unlike the series, the debates and questions raised are boring, or irrelevance and totally shallow. Nothing features about her friendships- Charlotte and Miranda are vaguely referenced once or twice, whilst Samantha is almost disliked by Carrie. The writing and grammer is utterly APPAULING, did she not think it worthwhile getting an editor? Unclosed quotation marks etc. To sum up, RUBBISH.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah-Louise J on 9 April 2010
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How a series as wonderful as Sex and the City was spawned from this mediocre,boring book I have no idea.Candace Bushnell deserves credit for inventing Carrie Bradshaw and Mr.Big e.t.c but don't read this unless you've run out of paint to watch drying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Readerr on 8 Oct. 2013
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I am half-way through this book and thoroughly enjoying it. To me it seems more insightful/honest than the TV series (which I also enjoy immensely, but in a different way). This book strikes a nerve and does not pull any punches. Do not expect the lovely comfort-blanket feeling of the series, but rather a cast of hardened characters stumbling through the city. At time it is quite seedy and you can almost taste the hangovers... Much, much better than the froth I was expecting, but also much darker.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hayles on 12 Sept. 2007
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I must confess to never watching the TV show but being aware of the hype I was expecting this book to be witty, sassy and a lot of fun. I was disappointed on every level. The characterisations were very poor and I ended up not caring about any of them. There was no plot so nothing to drive you on to turn the page and most of the humour was unsubtle and unfunny. A waste of time and a really bad advert for the TV classic.
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