Dating

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

Parents in Shanghai are shopping for their children’s spouses

Could you sleep with someone who voted for Brexit?

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Brexit is a whole new hazard in the dating game

Dear Mary: How can I face the friends who warned me that my girlfriend would dump me?

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Q. Previously a long-term and content single man, earlier in the year I began a relationship with a wonderful girl,…

Stop talking! Men who overshare are not seductive

22 September 2018 9:00 am

There is a clear line between oversharing and being seductive

Dear Mary: My new boyfriend is too short. Can I make him wear shoe lifts?

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Q. An acquaintance, whom I admire but don’t know well, sent me a ‘begging’ letter to donate to a charity…

Joan Collins: Want to know why all the Oscar films are boring? I’ll tell you

10 February 2018 9:00 am

I’ve been meaning to write a Spectator diary since the summer but as a Gemini with Aries rising I find…

Evening classes or running clubs are no way to meet a man – so stop telling me they are

2 December 2017 9:00 am

We all know that a hipster with a baby is something of a babe magnet in the park, but a…

Why women fall for philanderers and abusers

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Why women fall for philanderers and abusers

Singles-only parties should be disastrous. They’re actually divine

23 September 2017 9:00 am

A pro-active friend in her fifties, recently divorced, has decided to organise a restaurant dinner once a month for friends,…

Why I’m at my wit’s end with dating

17 June 2017 9:00 am

Men like funny women; they just don’t want to sleep with them

I’m shouting it loud: I’m proud to be a prude

22 April 2017 9:00 am

Forget compromises – women must learn to say ‘no, I’d rather not’

Do you know a flake fatale?

15 April 2017 9:00 am

No shows. Repeat cancellations. And all excused by ‘flakiness’

The mystery of the disappearing men

25 March 2017 9:00 am

On falling victim to the infuriating pandemic of ‘ghosting’

‘Unexpectedly re-available’ is a phrase that speaks to me

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Unexpectedly re-available is a very good phrase. I have often seen it applied to house advertisements and thought how fabulously…

Trump, the pick-up artist who seduced America

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Many years ago, when I was a mere slip of a features journalist, I spent a weekend learning how to…

Dating apps let us pair off by looks. That’s a disaster – as I found out

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Dating apps encourage their users to pair off by looks. That’s a mistake, as I learned the hard way

Appless victims: when no sex is better than soulless Tinder sex

24 September 2016 9:00 am

When no sex is better than soulless Tinder sex

Theresa May’s student crackdown will cost post-Brexit Britain dearly

10 September 2016 9:00 am

In the post-Brexit landscape whose shape was barely glimpsed in G20 discussions at Hangzhou, one thing is clear: soon we’ll…

Dear Mary: Is it naff to circulate an advance list of dinner-party guests?

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Q. When going out to dinner I’ve found some people will send everyone a list of the other guests so…

Single life: my epic fail with wide-boy Dale

11 June 2016 9:00 am

What I want is a lovely, funny man. What I get is a portly and pompous Donald Trump fan

One night in the backwoods

4 June 2016 9:00 am

The man I met in the moose-hunters' bar, and what happened between us

How the 'dating apocalypse' led me to vajazzle my armpits

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Why I went looking for love in the armpits of strange men

First Dates is perfectly formed TV

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Now the kids are back for the school holidays, I have a licence to watch complete trash again. No more…

On with the slap in the hope I’ll be tickled

26 March 2016 9:00 am

An invitation when I least expected it... how could I refuse?

Dear Mary: help me to engineer a date with this charming army officer

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Q. I have a deep crush on an army officer I’ve met through work. He is decisive, practical and doesn’t…