Marriage

Letters: Melissa Kite saved my life – twice

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Leave we must Sir: It is interesting that as the Brexit process drags, people become more distanced from what was…

Dear Mary: How do I stop people cadging cigarettes off me?

8 June 2019 9:00 am

Q. My mother died a few months ago. Her collection of colourful clothes, hats, shoes and an immense amount of…

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…

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…

A woman advertises for a partner for her child in Shanghai’s People’s Park

Would your son marry me? Inside Shanghai’s marriage market

9 March 2019 9:00 am

 Shanghai ‘How old are you, young lady?’ A small, curious crowd starts to surround me. ‘How tall are you? What…

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Clucking hell – hen parties are just awful

23 February 2019 9:00 am

‘Last fling before the ring.’ ‘Buy me a shot, I’m tying the knot.’ ‘Keep calm and bridesmaid on.’ If you…

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Faithless husbands can be the best husbands

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   Who was it that said we always hurt those we love the most? I did just that last…

When kissing in public carried a death sentence

9 February 2019 9:00 am

I once threw Tony Parker’s Lighthouse across the fo’c’sle of a ship at sea when I read that his characters…

My wife has gone back to work – and I’ve turned into a SADDO

24 November 2018 9:00 am

When I proposed to Caroline back in 2000, she was a trainee solicitor and I was a freelance journalist. In…

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…

It will save some marriages – or end others: The Escape reviewed

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Dominic Savage had an early start. In Barry Lyndon (1975), Stanley Kubrick’s sprawling take on Thackeray, he played a prepubescent…

Letters: Matthew Parris’s marriage proposal is absurd

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Marriage proposal Sir: Matthew Parris’s proposal that marriage be abolished, and civil partnerships installed in its place, is absurd (‘The…

The term ‘marriage’ needs to be untangled

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Rebecca Steinfeld (37) and Charles Keidan (41) have a moral objection to marriage. They’ve been together since 2010, have two…

Is it time to move to Austria?

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Schloss Wolfsegg   I was watching two very old men slowly approaching the open doors of the Pilatus airplane I…

Portrait of Helen by John Bellany

The ordeal of being married (twice) to John Bellany

5 May 2018 9:00 am

Misery memoirs are in vogue. There is much misery in this harrowing account of married life with John Bellany (1942–2013)…

I used to think I was smarter than my wife. Not anymore

14 April 2018 9:00 am

According to new research published in Advances in Physiology Education, men tend to significantly overestimate their own intelligence whereas women…

For Julian Barnes, the only story is a love story — and it’s inevitably sad

27 January 2018 9:00 am

The story, as it emerges, feels both familiar and inevitable. A bored 19-year-old student, on his university holidays in mid-century…

Why marriage is increasingly for the royals – and the rich

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Whatever their views about the monarchy, most people will warm to the news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement.…

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…

How can I prevent my husband from burning all my post?

18 November 2017 9:00 am

If you don’t yet watch Gogglebox on Channel 4, start doing so now. Far from making you despise our couch-potato…

Mary solves your problems: My husband’s started working from home – and he’s driving me crazy

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Q. My husband, who used to be away on business most of the time, now works from home and has…

Amsterdam Notebook

22 July 2017 9:00 am

When my husband and I arrived in our adored Amsterdam on a sun-drenched schoolday afternoon — less than an hour…

The day I stopped believing in the friendship myth

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Should we be surprised that friendship isn’t always mutual? That is one of the findings of a team of researchers…

Why the leap-year proposal is a nonsense

27 February 2016 9:00 am

I’m planning to propose to my boyfriend this leap year. I’m proposing that he earns another £10,000 and loses a…

Tim Parks’s one-sided ‘love story’ is a long trudge in the rain

13 February 2016 9:00 am

The title of Tim Parks’s 17th novel is false advertising, because Thomas and Mary: A Love Story is barely a…