Marriage

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

Weddings are out of fashion, but only at the bottom of the scale

Divorce is a disaster. 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

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

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…

It’s time to choose between alcohol or my marriage

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…

Prince Charles wants a Queen Camilla. He’s still wrong. Here’s why

25 February 2017 9:00 am

The Prince of Wales is campaigning, with skill and discretion, to crown his consort one day. It’s still wrong

How Alexander Chancellor restored The Spectator's greatness

4 February 2017 9:00 am

As he left the editorship of The Spectator in March 1984, Alexander Chancellor wrote in this space: ‘When I joined…

Middle-class marriage — and an apologia for adultery

21 January 2017 9:00 am

What to make of this unexpectedly startling novel? Though you may be lured into a false sense of familiarity by…

I marry my ‘toyboy’ and go climbing in high heels

15 October 2016 9:00 am

To Edinburgh to get married, but first my toyboy groom John Playfair (he’s a mere 69) shows me the city…

The rise of marriage for one

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Meet the women taking the ‘we’ out of wedding

Dear Mary: Would it be kinder NOT to give a homemade wedding present?

25 June 2016 8:00 am

Q. A friend’s daughter is marrying soon. She and her husband-to-be, both art-lovers, have dispensed with a wedding list, instead…

Confessions of a groomzilla

11 June 2016 9:00 am

It’s not just brides-to-be who can fuss absurdly over weddings. I’m living proof

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…

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