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‘Sex and the City’ reboot: The book behind the original series

If you can’t wait to watch ‘And Just Like That…’, maybe it’s time to read Candace Bushnell’s novel

Eva Waite-Taylor
Monday 11 January 2021 11:29
<p>If you loved following the life of Carrie Bradshaw, it’s time to delve into the tome that made it all happen</p>

If you loved following the life of Carrie Bradshaw, it’s time to delve into the tome that made it all happen

Fans of Sex and the City – rejoice! The reboot is going ahead. 

Following rumours of the Nineties sitcom returning, plans have been confirmed by streaming platform HBO Max

The news comes 16 years after the original show came to an end and 10 years after the release of the film Sex and the City 2

Three of the four stars of the original show – Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis, shared a trailer for the reboot on their social media accounts on Sunday 10 January. 

In her caption, Parker wrote: “I couldn’t help but wonder... where are they now?” And neither can we. 

Kim Cattrall, who played the sex-loving, high-flying PR woman Samantha Jones, will not star in the rebooted series titled And Just Like That….

First airing in 1998, Sex and the City followed Carrie Bradshaw (Parker), the fashion-obsessed sex and relationships newspaper columnist, and her three girlfriends Miranda (Nixon), Charlotte (Davis) and Samantha (Cattrall). 

It’s easy to forget that before the memorabilia, fashion trends, and, most of all, before the television series, Sex And The City  was a book written by author Candace Bushnell.

The title is a collection of essays by Bushnell based on her and her friends’ lifestyles while living in New York City. 

So, if you can’t wait for And Just Like That…, which is scheduled to begin production this year in late spring, then we’ve found the perfect time filler. Read the book behind the original series – after all, we’ve got it to thank for the original six seasons and two films. 

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‘Sex And The City’ by Candace Bushnell, published by Abacus

As a thirty-something struggling freelance writer, Bushnell began writing a column for the New York Observer, laying bare the realities of what it was like to be a modern girl trying to live the Manhattan high life. Sex And The City is an anthology of her best columns and, unlike the television series, it is hard-edged, unapologetic and tainted with Carrie’s fear about whether she’s living her life as best as she can.

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