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Given our national obsession with property prices, Tim Walker’s novel is bound to hit a nerve. His fictional couple, the Manvilles, bought their large north London home at a knock-down price in the 1990s, and it became the key to two aspects of their family life. Jerry, a successful advertising executive, undertook all the original plumbing, electrical and redecoration work; Pen devised a series of popular children’s books, The House on the Hill, whose “cheeky brat with the ridiculous schemes” is modelled on, and named after, her real-life son Conrad: 15 years on, they have done a loft conversion, and divorced.

Social media sites need to do more to eliminate pro-anorexia messages, but they aren't behind the rise in eating disorders

The number of children and teenagers seeking help for eating disorders has risen by 110 per cent in the past three years. How much does social media play a part?

The novel cure: Urban ennui

Literary prescriptions for modern ailments

Comedian Russell Brand is determined to spark a

Russell Brand launches fund to raise money for drug and alcohol treatment ‘recovery communities’

The Give it Up Fund, which will be managed by Comic Relief, aims to provide financial aid to help people remain free of substance misuse

Mexico confirms krokodil drug case was US patient

Health authorities say the 17-year-old is a resident of Houston, not Mexico

US father and son plead guilty to shooting neighbour's dog because it was 'annoying'

The father then harassed the dog's owner in the street after it was killed 

The young tourist, who has not been named, was on St Kilda's pier in Melbourne when she was spotted falling into the cold water of the bay.

Status: Wet - Woman walks off a pier while checking Facebook on her phone

The young tourist was on St Kilda's pier in Melbourne when she was spotted falling into the cold water

Matthew Perry sparks furious drug debate with Peter Hitchens on Newsnight

The pair formed part of a discussion on specialist drugs courts, in which former addicts will sit as lay magistrates

South Korea considers law to classify online gaming as a potentially antisocial addiction

Gaming addiction would be classified alongside gambling, drugs and drinking

A heroin user prepares the drug in Zhukovsky, near Moscow

Krokodil in Mexico? Teenager hospitalised after 'injecting drug into her genitals'

Seventeen-year-old told doctors she had been using the drug for two months

Don't blame celebrities or pro-ana websites for the rise in eating disorders

More has to be done to work on prevention and early intervention of eating disorders – and that isn’t simply about banning websites

Paperback review: The Secret Lives of Men and Women

Described as “hilarious and heart-warming”, this is a deeply weird book based on a US website that features anonymous postcard messages.

What does it feel like to murder someone?

"Without a doubt this is probably the most personal question I think I could ever answer. This is a question I have been asking myself for a very long time now, and I am just coming to grips with the answers I have found. To say my answer is complex, and that I am going to have difficulties expressing exactly how I have felt, and still feel about murdering someone, is an understatement.

A heroin user prepares the drug in Zhukovsky, near Moscow

Krokodil in Canada? Ontario reports three potential cases of flesh-eating drug

Health workers have reported patients being hospitalised with gangrenous wounds

Jim Armitage: Scandals notwithstanding, something tells me Serco's down but not out

Outlook Serco's shares might finally have fallen too far. Yesterday's 17 per cent slide in the stock of arguably Britain's least favourite company takes its plunge since the summer to nearly 40 per cent.

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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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