No Tinder Please, We’re British!
The print version of issue 6 of The Amorist hits the shelves on Thursday 14 September and it's devoted to the quest for love. The Amorist’s mantra is: cosy up in Autumn, before Winter sets in. We know many readers are lucky enough to have someone to warm their feet on, but there are few vicarious pleasures as sweet for the shacked-up as hearing about other people’s dates – both the triumphs and disasters.
Author and Spectator contributor Emily Hill writes that women of her generation are standing on ground zero of the Dating Apocalypse. Tinder has failed them (although it’s pretty great for blokes) and she and her friends long for a return to the days of getting tipsy down the pub with real human beings, not cyber-dates.
As nights close in the Amorist plans to binge on her favourite old-fashioned romantic movies such as Bathsheba's struggle to decide between three men in Far from the Madding Crowd (Terence Stamp with Julie Christie, above), or that unfailing heart-flutterer, Casablanca, with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, below.
Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca
Of course, if there was one flesh-and-blood human male that most women would like to date, then it’s Colin Firth. The Amorist used to re-wind and re-play (ad infinitum) his Mr Darcy wet-shirt scene from Andrew Davies’ TV version of Pride and Prejudice. Best-selling author Jenny Colgan writes in the October issue that she prefers his anguished woolly jumper days in Another Country, filmed back in 1984 before he became famous, and she happily imagined herself to be his only fan.
Our October issue tells stories of multiple dating, funny encounters and finding true love. We even decode the online dating lingo for you. (eg 'Fond of animals' could just mean he's living in a horse box).
Then there are articles on the love letters of literary greats like Edith Wharton, and the erotic disarray in Rodin's studio. The secret life of a pole dancing modern Geisha, plus all the witty regulars telling their dating stories: Dolly Alderton, Anthony McGowan, Tanya Gold and Dorcas Pelling.
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