Female, in her 40s and living it up solo - really

A few months before my 42nd birthday, I was out to dinner with friends and found myself seated next to a well-known older male writer.

I happened to be in the final stages of finishing a proposal for a memoir about being a single woman over 40 without children and was inwardly marvelling at the timing of our encounter. I was a fan of his.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 15, 2018, with the headline 'Female, in her 40s and living it up solo - really'. Print Edition | Subscribe