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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: Memoirs of an Addicted Brain, By Marc Lewis

A stoner tells the whole story

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Bath Literature Festival: An obsession with death and dark literature

Two heavyweight speakers gave passionate talks on two titans of 19th-century poetry at The Independent Bath Literature Festival – focusing on their preoccupation with death.

Tony Adams says that young sportsmen need more help dealing with pressure

Cricket has other players in rehab already

Tony Adams has revealed that the Sporting Chance rehabilitation clinic, which he founded, has been treating cricketers.

Amy Winehouse and her husband Blake Fielder-Civil as he has told of his regret at introducing her to hard drugs - but has claimed her addiction worsened when they were apart.

'I introduced Amy Winehouse to heroin,' admits Blake Fielder-Civil on Jeremy Kyle Show

Amy Winehouse's ex-husband has told of his regret at introducing her to hard drugs - but has claimed her addiction worsened when they were apart.

DVD & Blu-ray review: Killing Them Softly (18)

Andrew Dominik DVD/Blu-ray (97mins)

Bitter experience: Barton has been tee-total since 2008

Joey Barton offers Paul Gascoigne warning

Joey Barton has warned that Paul Gascoigne can only win his battle with the bottle if he helps himself.

Hayley Attwell and Domhnall Gleeson in Black Mirror
Modern touch: the breakfast room at Ampersand House

B&B and Beyond: Ampersand House, Shaftesbury, Dorset

A London graphic designer has brought fresh clean lines to one of England’s oldest towns, as Tracey Davies discovers

Editorial: A liberal gamble too far

Betting is being driven by the internet and it is easier than ever to lose everything

Postcard from... Pisa

Italian scientists say they have located the part of the brain that can turn a latin lover into an insanely jealous person or even a stalker.

Lord Coe urged the public to secure items from the Games

And the medal for worst Olympic participant goes to...

Lord Coe's invitation to "own a piece of Olympic history" has turned sour after fans threatened to sue the company behind the auction of memorabilia from last year's Games, accusing it of failing to deliver the goods.

Album review: Pere Ubu, Lady from Shanghai (Fire)

Pere's persistence pays off with some gripping grooves

Album: John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir Bach Cantatas for Christmas (Soli Deo Gloria)

The Bach Cantata Pilgrimage undertaken in 2000 by John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir, performing all of Bach's cantatas on the appropriate days in churches across Europe and America, is one of the great musical achievements of recent times.

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