Marriage

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

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

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…

Losing my son and the end of my life’s summer

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Hedonism, tragedy and me

My wife and I have become Mr and Mrs Twit

5 September 2015 9:00 am

This is a cautionary tale for any young couples out there thinking of tying the knot. Be wary of what…

How many royal cliches can you fit into a single Channel 4 documentary?

29 August 2015 9:00 am

In 2011, the Daily Mail carried a long story about how the Queen’s cousin Prince William of Gloucester, who died…

Prue Leith’s diary: When did weddings stop being for parents?

8 August 2015 9:00 am

My Cambodian daughter and her husband have just got married again. Wedding One was a Buddhist affair in our drawing…

Dear Mary: My husband has shaved his head for a newspaper feature

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Q. My partner, a leading political commentator on a national newspaper, recently agreed to shave off his hair at the…

Adultery websites should be as unacceptable as race-hate websites

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Why don’t more people object to online promotion of adultery?

An Austenesque Aga saga with hints of postmodernism

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Lovely, gentle Isabel, just 40, makes masks. Her husband Dan, erstwhile ‘student of the Classics’ and playwright manqué, is ‘bored…

Meet the Skype Dads: a new sorrow of divorce in the internet age

11 April 2015 9:00 am

What happens when a divorce court accepts video calls as a substitute for visiting your children

Dear Mary: How can I keep my retiring husband out of the house?

11 April 2015 9:00 am

Q. For ten years, I have made a reasonable freelance income working from home. During this time my husband has…

Dear Mary: How I can I avoid being invited to any more country house weekends?

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Q. Someone I was at university with but hadn’t seen much of over the ten years since invited me to…

Paganism is alive and well – but you won’t find it at a Goddess Temple

14 February 2015 9:00 am

The rise of modern paganism – and the persistence of the real thing

The rise of ‘living apart together’ – and why I’ve stopped doing it

17 January 2015 9:00 am

The rise of ‘living apart together’ – and why I’ve stopped doing it

Dear Mary solves problems for Jim Broadbent, N.M. Gwynne, Jesse Norman and others

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Once again Mary has invited some of her favourite figures in the public eye to submit personal queries for her…

Easy divorce has been catastrophic for British children (and I say this as a divorcee)

29 November 2014 9:00 am

Would you find it difficult to remain friends with someone if he or she suddenly revealed that they intended to…