Advice

Dear Mary: How do I stop rabbits eating Mum’s graveside flowers?

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Q. A difficult couple of our acquaintance always object to other guests at dinner and can be very rude to…

Dear Mary: I can’t put names to faces – and it’s starting to upset friends

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Q. I am in my mid-sixties and have started to suffer from nominal aphasia. At a recent wedding in the…

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

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Our own dear Mary wishes Giles wouldn’t automatically assume that everything she’s sent is junk mail

The secret to midlife: enjoy yourself without regrets

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Losing our way in life’s trackless forest, whither should we turn for solace and advice? Wisdom used to be the…

Karl Ove Knausgaard discovers the world anew

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Here is the opening sentence of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s meditation on beds.: With its four legs and its flat, soft…

Seasonal advice from David Cameron, Jilly Cooper, John Rutter and more

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Clare Balding I love a good walk on Boxing Day followed by watching the racing at Kempton. Avoid the internet.…

How to kill a hippo, cure seasickness, get rid of fleas? Our ancestors had some wild ideas ...

16 May 2015 9:00 am

As Dear Mary so wittily demonstrates, our need for advice is perennial. But fashions change. Mary would probably take issue…

How the NHS fails new mothers on breast-feeding

14 June 2014 8:00 am

Why isn’t there a proper service to show new nursing mothers how to feed their babies?

The Mitford Girls’ Guide to Life, by Lyndsy Spence - review

14 September 2013 9:00 am

For some reason you don’t expect people to be fans of the Mitford sisters, as others are fans of Doctor…

Dear Mary: How will I know if he really loves me?

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Q. To ask for money in lieu of a wedding present (Dear Mary, 3 August) is ghastly, but an established…