Divorce

At last we see Henry VIII’s wives as individuals

15 June 2024 9:00 am

Specialist knowledge of Tudor portraiture, book bindings, music and jewellery enables us to see each woman anew, possessed of a distinct life and afterlife

Second life: Playboy, by Constance Debré, reviewed

8 June 2024 9:00 am

Having abandoned her marriage and her career as a lawyer, Debré re-emerges as a lesbian, a writer, and a seducer equal to Casanova

A mother-daughter love story

17 February 2024 9:00 am

In her latest memoir, Leslie Jamison describes her pregnancy, experience of childbirth and devotion to her baby, returning repeatedly to the dilemmas of a working mother

‘We are stuck like chicken feathers to tar’: Elizabeth Taylor’s description of the fabled romance

21 October 2023 9:00 am

The Burton-Taylor relationship was either one of the greatest love stories of all time or a suicide pact carried out in relentless slow motion

Howard Jacobson superbly captures the terrible cost of becoming a writer

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Howard Jacobson, who turns 80 this year, published his first novel aged 40. Since then he has produced roughly a…

How many people still send letters?

5 February 2022 9:00 am

Borderland Few countries can have passed through as many kingdoms and empires as Ukraine — the ‘borderlands’. These are just…

Reassess every relationship you’ve ever had before it’s too late

16 October 2021 9:00 am

‘Reading is a celebration of the mystery of ourselves,’ according to Elizabeth Strout, who writes to help readers understand themselves…

The disappearing man: who was the real John Stonehouse?

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Craig Brown describes his various encounters with the MP who notoriously faked his own death in 1974

Abandoned by Paul Theroux: the diary of a sad ex-wife who sadly can’t write

10 July 2021 9:00 am

When I interviewed Paul Theroux 21 years ago at his home in Hawaii, there were already rumours that his ex-wife…

Detailed and devastating: Marriage Story reviewed

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story is a drama about the breakdown of a marriage and it is, at times, devastatingly painful.…

Marriage is becoming more like it was before Christianity

20 April 2019 9:00 am

The Christian church ordained that marriage, a sacrament imparting divine grace, was for life. In 1857, the state enacted its…

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Is it Islamophobic to disagree with Baroness Warsi?

13 April 2019 9:00 am

In his famous speech to both Houses of Parliament in March 1960, General De Gaulle praised Britain: ‘Although, since 1940,…

Dear Mary: how can I stop my husband from hijacking my punchlines?

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Q. A woman I’ve known for years is getting divorced and rings me every day to talk about it. I…

Saul Bellow, photographed in Paris in 1982. Extraordinary literary intelligence saw him through the mess of his own life

Saul Bellow: love the work, if not the man

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Boxing writers sometimes try to make comparisons across weight groups. They used to say, for example, that Floyd Mayweather was…

Rod Liddle: In defence of marriage

29 September 2018 9:00 am

I took part in a debate organised by the Times this week about reform of our divorce laws. Well, I…

Ignore Lily Allen’s sub-adolescent politics – her new album is brilliant

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Grade: B+ Here we go again, then, I thought — another gobbet of self-referential, breast-beating respec’ me bro sputum against…

An intense conversation about life, love and writing with Deborah Levy

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Deborah Levy draws her epigraph for The Cost of Living from Marguerite Duras’s Practicalities: ‘You’re always more unreal to yourself…

Divorce destroys society. Don’t let’s make it easier

25 November 2017 9:00 am

I went to Relate once, the counselling service formerly known as the National Marriage Guidance Council. I wasn’t married at…

Puppy love

26 August 2017 9:00 am

There have been times since the break-up when I’ve felt so low I’ve opened a bottle of Shiraz and spent…

Something nasty in the woodshed

8 July 2017 9:00 am

I’ve diagnosed myself with early onset cottage-itis. It’s not supposed to happen for another decade, but at 29 I dream…

The beginning of the end for Pope Francis

16 April 2016 9:00 am

What the Pope didn’t just say about divorce

Why the leap-year proposal is a nonsense

27 February 2016 9:00 am

It’s nonsense that women should be given one day in every four years to propose marriage

Pope vs church - the anatomy of a Catholic civil war

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Francis’s haphazard reforms risk sparking a Catholic civil war

The Seagull needs a roof to stop Chekhov's subtleties flying off

4 July 2015 9:00 am

A new Seagull lands in Regent’s Park. Director Matthew Dunster has lured Chekhov’s classic into a leafy corner of north…

Why Pope Francis could be facing a Catholic schism

11 April 2015 9:00 am

It’s not just Vatican infighting any more. Pope Francis has a potential schism on his hands