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
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?
Saturday 25 January 2014
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Thursday 16 January 2014
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Friday 03 January 2014
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Thursday 19 December 2013
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Wednesday 18 December 2013
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Tuesday 17 December 2013
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Wednesday 11 December 2013
Gaming addiction would be classified alongside gambling, drugs and drinking
Tuesday 10 December 2013
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Tuesday 03 December 2013
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Saturday 23 November 2013
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Saturday 23 November 2013
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Wednesday 20 November 2013
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Monday 18 November 2013
Ardi Rizal has replaced one addiction with another that is arguably just as unhealthy
Friday 15 November 2013
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