Virginia Ironside

Virginia Ironside is an agony aunt, columnist and author. She writes the weekly Dilemmas column for The Independent.

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Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: How can I get rid of my daughter's boyfriend without alienating her?

This reader's daughter recently moved in with her obnoxious boyfriend, but the two of them are still bringing their laundry home to mum

Pushing the envelope

Whatever happened to Christmas cards? These days we send mass-produced rubbish, if anything. But a handmade creation is a joy for ever, says Virginia Ironside

To lose your mother, as Murdoch has, is part of the slow progression into adulthood. Yes, even at 81

Rupert Murdoch's mother Dame Elisabeth died this week, it's a devastating and sometimes transformative experience at any age

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: Will my untidy daughter ever get a man?

This reader brought up his daughter alone after the death of his wife. Should he interpret the state of her student digs as evidence of his parental failures?

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: Visit me

When a loved one dies, sympathy cards are all very well, but what this grieving woman craves most is a visit. How can she make that clear?

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: The gift that keeps on giving

This reader's boyfriend gave her a valuable item that once belonged to his mother. Then they split up. Should she keep the gift? Sell it? Or return it?

Forget Sex And The City, here come the Girls

Virginia Ironside's Dilemma: Girls guide?

This week a mother worries whether her daughter, who's just left home for university, will be imitating those misguided young ladies in HBO series Girls

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: To divorce or not to divorce?

This reader says the marriage that produced two children is irrefutably over, but she's too scared of the future to ask for a divorce

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: Too young for the Women's Institute?

Our reader seeks company while her husband works away from home, but women see her as a threat and men are only after one thing

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: love letters from beyond the grave

Should this reader keep her promise to her dying father, and destroy all his love letters? Or get them published and make some money?

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