We asked… Mhairi McFar­lane an­swered

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Brid­get Jones, watch your back: Nov­el­ist Mhairi McFar­lane’s hero­ines (most re­cently in the mad­cap It’s Not Me It’s You) are hi­lar­i­ous, a lit­tle hap­less and all heart. This Scot’s sto­ries make us laugh and cry, and it turns

out she also gives great love ad­vice.

QRon is hand­some and charm­ing… and uses mjrly pnfl txtspk. Should I look be­yond

his poor com­mand of writ­ten English? “It’s over. Un­less he’s go­ing to claim that his Bieber-aged cousin kid­napped his phone, this sort of non­sense is a stone-cold boner killer.”

QWhen I ar­rived early for a Tin­der date last night, my “match” was hav­ing drinks with some­one else! Am I old-fash­ioned for be­ing ap­palled? “Tin­der: It’s a re­volv­ing door for hookups, a mean­ing­less carousel of bunga bunga. If you’re shocked by the speed of turnover, you need to be on a dat­ing site where the home-page ban­ner is a cou­ple in white linen shirts hold

ing hands on a New Eng­land beach at sunset.”

QMy hus­band and I con­sider El­ton John’s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” to be “our song.” (We met at a Lion King per­for­mance!)

I ran into his high-school girl­friend, and I found out it had been their song too! Is my hus­band some sort of so­ciopath? “No, he just re­ally, re­ally likes that song. As long as they

didn’t marry to it, you’re okay. Look, if Prince Wil­liam can give Kate his mother’s en­gage­ment ring and have it con­sid­ered good luck, then you

can share a Lion King tune. If you must.” n

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