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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Wednesday 12 June 2013
Manufacturers to face tough new tests before they can sell devices that help smokers avoid the lethal effects of tobacco
Ipswich theatre company helps drug users to break the cycle of addiction in town recovering from 'Suffolk strangler' murders
Friday 07 June 2013
In 2008, Steve Wright, a forklift truck driver dubbed the “Suffolk strangler”, was jailed for life for murdering five women who worked as prostitutes in Ipswich.
Thursday 30 May 2013
Preacher, described as ‘dangerously charming’, progressed from shoplifting to turning young men into jihadists
Thursday 23 May 2013
As new research claims to hold the key to suppressing the irritating sensation, Steve Connor explains what causes an itch
Sunday 19 May 2013
Richard Wallace came to public attention in the Channel 4 programme ‘Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder’ has become a well-known sufferer of the condition of the need to hoard items. Click on the link below to see a clip from the show
Friday 17 May 2013
I’ve envied men and channel Dave for too long. Now, at last, there is a channel Grace
Sunday 12 May 2013
The tributes to Sir Alex were out of proportion, but not his pledge to a more moving retiree
Sunday 05 May 2013
I suppose it happens to us all at some stage – none of us is safe from addiction and the scary grip it can have on your life. I myself have bravely struggled with an espresso problem for years. It has driven me to terrible depths. I am often to be found at the bottom of the drive hanging around the post box "waiting for the man" – the Nespresso man. This evil bastard now has me in his nefarious clutches. He takes longer and longer to deliver my stash and this affects my moods. I snarl at people who offer me an "eXpresso" – "it's eSpresso" I growl at them like some Stroud stoner watching a yurt guest use a rolling machine for a joint.
'Take a lesson from my book': David Potts, Private Eye 'Socialite of the Year' and councillor who laid bare his alcoholism, dies aged 30
Monday 29 April 2013
Council leader pays tribute to 'immensely talented and highly educated young man'
Tuesday 23 April 2013
Death of medical student Sarah Houston highlights dangers of buying pills online
Brighton's drug addicts will be given ‘safe houses’ to take drugs legally, but is this really the answer?
Thursday 18 April 2013
These supervised rooms for drug consumption might seem like the cutting edge, but until drug treatment is viewed as a health issue, they're unlikely to be successful
Wednesday 17 April 2013
Plans for Britain’s first legal ‘consumption rooms’ are unsettling the resort widely touted as a prime location
Monday 15 April 2013
More than 2,000 teachers have put their names to a petition condemning Michael Gove's proposed national curriculum reforms.
Monday 01 April 2013
Why do Americans go nuts for this annual basketball competition?
Saturday 30 March 2013
It's almost boring: yet another excellent British Sea Power album.
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
- 1 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness
- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 4 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
- 5 Kelsey Grammer forgives the man who raped and murdered his sister in 1975