I have nobody moaning at my elbow, nobody who has expectations of me, or is possessive, or dictates how I should spend my time. She now lives in Paris where, she says, she is happy to be single but does sometimes miss the companionship. T his generation took advantage of the Pill, abortion legislation and the Equal Pay Act, so have been shaped to feel that life has infinitely more possibilities than for their mothers and grandmothers. T here used to be, she says, a certain degree of shame attached to her situation: women without a husband or children were considered a failure or at least dysfunctional. R uth Knight is a north London psychotherapist who specialises in relationships and who, as part of her work, often helps couples separate, divorce or renegotiate their relationship.
Miranda. Age: 27.
L ike all the overs I spoke to — a uniformly sparky lot — she has many interests, from the gym to history clubs.
Megan. Age: 31.
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T here are, she says, many advantages of living alone. I n her case, that energy is channelled into her work as an artist. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. Artist Joyce Gunn Cairns , 67, is typical of this new breed of single something.