Whenever journalist Helen Croydon mentions that marriage and kids just aren t on her radar, everyone tells her that she ll become one of those old ladies with lots of cats . But what, she asks, is so wrong with that? Cats don t have boring in-laws that take up entire weekends and they don t soak the bathroom and scribble on walls either, do they?
Just what is the obsession with white weddings and 2.4 children anyway? For the first time in history, long-term relationships are no longer a necessity, but a luxury. Yet you re still deemed a failure if you don t find The One, and even worse if you re not even looking in the first place! Just because you don t want to share your home and bed with a significant other, it doesn t mean love is out of the question but perhaps, like Helen, the shackles of commitment are not for you. Join her as she goes on a quest to find a more realistic approach to romance to fit with today's independent lifestyles and to discover what works and what doesn t along the way.
Through hilarious anecdotes from her own love life to undercover missions, including a meeting for sex addicts, a wife-finding tour to Ukraine and staying in a polyamorous commune in The Highlands along with fascinating interviews with anthropologists, psychologists, swingers, sperm donor mothers and more, journalist Helen debunks the fairytale myth that finding true love is our only route to Utopia.
Helen Croydon is a best-selling author, journalist and broadcaster with a focus on social trends, women’s interest, modern relationships, health and fitness.
Her first book is the best-selling memoir Sugar Daddy Diaries (Mainstream Publishing).
Her most recent title, Screw The Fairytale: A Modern Girls' Guide to Sex and Love, is part memoir, part reportage looking at alternative models of relationships to full-time marriage and kids, and questioning whether 'the fairytale' really does make us happy.
Based in London, UK, she writes regularly for The Telegraph, The Times, The Independent, Metro, Mail Online and several magazines. She is also a regular commentator on topical stories relating to modern families and gender relations. She's appeared on Sky News, News Night, ITV This Morning, Lorraine, Five News, Woman’s Hour and more.
In non-media life, she is made about endurance sport and triathlon and has competed as an 'age-group' Team GB triathlete.