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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Social media sites need to do more to eliminate pro-anorexia messages, but they aren't behind the rise in eating disorders
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
Literary prescriptions for modern ailments
Thursday 16 January 2014
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
Friday 03 January 2014
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Thursday 19 December 2013
The father then harassed the dog's owner in the street after it was killed
Wednesday 18 December 2013
The young tourist was on St Kilda's pier in Melbourne when she was spotted falling into the cold water
Tuesday 17 December 2013
The pair formed part of a discussion on specialist drugs courts, in which former addicts will sit as lay magistrates
Wednesday 11 December 2013
Gaming addiction would be classified alongside gambling, drugs and drinking
Tuesday 10 December 2013
Seventeen-year-old told doctors she had been using the drug for two months
Tuesday 03 December 2013
More has to be done to work on prevention and early intervention of eating disorders – and that isn’t simply about banning websites
Saturday 23 November 2013
Described as “hilarious and heart-warming”, this is a deeply weird book based on a US website that features anonymous postcard messages.
Saturday 23 November 2013
"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.
Wednesday 20 November 2013
Health workers have reported patients being hospitalised with gangrenous wounds
Ardi Rizal: Two-year-old Indonesian boy who shocked world with 40-a-day cigarette habit kicks smoking… but now, aged only five, he is a 'demanding', junk food addicted market trader
Monday 18 November 2013
Ardi Rizal has replaced one addiction with another that is arguably just as unhealthy
Friday 15 November 2013
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.
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
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Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Scottish Independence Referendum: Salmond described as 'arrogant, ambitious and dishonest' by Scottish women
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