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.
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Monday 27 January 2014
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Thursday 16 January 2014
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Wednesday 18 December 2013
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Tuesday 17 December 2013
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Wednesday 11 December 2013
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Tuesday 10 December 2013
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Tuesday 03 December 2013
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Saturday 23 November 2013
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Monday 18 November 2013
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Friday 15 November 2013
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