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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Saturday 17 August 2013
David Phelan explores the world of zombies, explosive potatoes and in-app purchases
Monday 12 August 2013
I am doing 20 stand-up gigs during this festival which will bring my stand-up gig total to 34 and a half. I am thinking of it as Stand-Up School. I am not comfortable telling people I am trying stand-up because to me that implies confidence. I'm - well, I'm not.
Tuesday 06 August 2013
Philip Davies comes under fire for failing to declare hospitality received from Ladbrokes
Tuesday 06 August 2013
Study focused on MMORPGs as a genre providing unending structures that keep gamers hooked
Friday 02 August 2013
A tribute episode of Glee will “deal directly” with the circumstances surrounding Cory Monteith’s death, a Fox executive has confirmed.
Monday 29 July 2013
From L.A Noire to The Binding of Isaac; the sale took in some great titles this year
Tuesday 23 July 2013
The news that the perennial OK! cover star Kerry Katona is to play Marilyn Monroe on stage in the forthcoming production of Norma Jeane The Musical was met with appropriate snorts of laughter. But do the blondes have more in common than it might first appear?
Wednesday 17 July 2013
The swamps to the east of New Orleans are an exciting place for a boy. Nine-year-old Terence "Skid" Beaumont is the youngest of four brothers. His father, Alrick, decided to build a shack here, prompted by a vision after a drunken bender. He was convinced he was set to make a killing from his property speculation, because New Orleans was bound to expand over the mire. That never happened and so the Beaumonts are stuck in the mud.
Monday 15 July 2013
Mr Monteith, 31, was found dead at Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel
Sunday 14 July 2013
Mr Monteith, 31, was found dead at Vancouver’'s Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel
Wednesday 10 July 2013
After her controversial comments made on This Morning last week, the former Apprentice contestant said she disagreed with treating addiction
Friday 05 July 2013
Conservative lawmakers voted for the bill to pass but later realised that a change in the language could allow gay marriage.
Thursday 04 July 2013
Ulrich Seidl, 113mins. Starring: Maria Hofstätter (18)
Friday 21 June 2013
It is not every day that a recovering heroin addict shares a stage with the Mayor of London to discuss drugs on BBC's Question Time.
Monday 17 June 2013
VIDEO: See the latest offerings on the catwalk
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
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