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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.

Review: Plants Vs Zombies 2

David Phelan explores the world of zombies, explosive potatoes and in-app purchases

Jessie Cave

My Edinburgh: Jessie Cave on Stand-Up School, migraines and unique star ratings

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.

Philip Davies, MP for Shipley

Advertising watchdog rejects complaints from Tory MP with links to the bookies

Philip Davies comes under fire for failing to declare hospitality received from Ladbrokes

Game makers must do more to prevent addiction says new study

Study focused on MMORPGs as a genre providing unending structures that keep gamers hooked

Cory Monteith at the GQ Men of the Year Party, 2012

Cory Monteith: Glee tribute episode to 'deal directly' with drug addiction

A tribute episode of Glee will “deal directly” with the circumstances surrounding Cory Monteith’s death, a Fox executive has confirmed.

Best of the Steam Summer Sale

From L.A Noire to The Binding of Isaac; the sale took in some great titles this year

Perennial OK! cover star Kerry Katona

Marilyn Monroe production: Goodbye Norma Jeane and hello Kerry Katona

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?

Book review: Sketcher, By Roland Watson-Grant

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.

Autopsy of Glee star Cory Monteith set for today

Mr Monteith, 31, was found dead at Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel

Glee heart throb Cory Monteith found dead in Vancouver hotel room

Mr Monteith, 31, was found dead at Vancouver’'s Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel

Katie Hopkins speaking on Channel 5's 'The Wright Stuff'

Katie Hopkins stirs up more outrage with comment that 'Gazza should crack on with drinking'

After her controversial comments made on This Morning last week, the former Apprentice contestant said she disagreed with treating addiction

Costa Rica 'accidentally' legalises gay marriage

Conservative lawmakers voted for the bill to pass but later realised that a change in the language could allow gay marriage.

Film review: Paradise: Faith from Ulrich Seidl

Ulrich Seidl, 113mins. Starring: Maria Hofstätter (18)

Russell Brand appearing on Question Time

Recovering drug addict Russell Brand calls for 'compassion, not drug laws' on BBC Question Time

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.

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