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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.

When Liverpool’s Luis Suarez goes down in the box many observers already think they know where they stand

The Last Word: Footballers who dive are enacting the fall of man

If you are prepared to win at all costs, the elixir of victory is surely diluted

Hospital admissions for eating disorders jump 16 per cent

Hospital admissions for eating disorders,  which carry the highest death rate of any psychiatric condition, have leapt 16 per cent in the last year and are up by almost 50 per cent in a decade.

As eating disorders are on the rise, it's important to remember that there's more to it than anorexia

The rate of hospital admissions for the treatment of eating disorders has increased by 16% over the last year.

Children spend longer watching TV than in school

A child born today will have spent a full year looking at TV screens or computer monitors by the time they reach the age of seven, studies show.

JK Rowling is ambitious and brave, but takes too long to cut to the chase

The Casual Vacancy, by JK Rowling

The Harry Potter creator's first novel for adults gives us a pleb vs nimby power struggle. A more rigorous edit would have worked wonders

My Edinburgh: Jessie Cave, Comedian/Actress

My family are here to help me. I managed to get them Underbelly passes with their roles on. For example, Mum: Main Assistant. Brother: General Assistant. Brother's Girlfriend: Bonus Assistant. They help me with props and pep talks.

Habit of a lifetime: This nun at St Peter's Basilica caught Alan Powdrill's eye in the Vatican, Italy

Snapping the snappers: What does our obsession with documenting our holidays say about us?

We all do it. Go on holiday, see the sights, and then take a picture to prove we were there. But what do all these identical pictorial momentos tell us about ourselves?One photographer set about finding out…

Mitch Winehouse has established the Amy Winehouse Foundation in honour of his daughter

Mitch Winehouse urges prayers for Amy's ex

Mitch Winehouse has urged his daughter's fans to "pray" for her ex-husband who is fighting for his life after an apparent drink and drug binge.

Hans and Eva Rausing met at a drying out clinic after both had struggled to control their addiction to alcohol

'Eva looked so restful. Like a small child, I couldn't face telling anyone she'd died'

After weeks of speculation, the definitive story of Eva Rausing's tragic descent was revealed yesterday

Last night's viewing - Jon Richardson: a Little Bit OCD, Channel 4, Twenty Twelve, BBC2

The comedian Jon Richardson used to do a gag about obsessive-compulsive disorder. "I never say I've got OCD," it went, "because it's got the word 'disorder' in it and it seems untidy." Well, perhaps you had to be there – the past tense being particularly relevent in this case because Richardson doesn't tell this joke anymore. Jon Richardson: a Little Bit OCD, his contribution to Channel 4's season of programmes about mental health, offered an explanation of why the line had been dropped.

Hans and Eva Rausing at a function in 2003

Philip Hensher: The postcode lottery of drug-related deaths

Probably on the same day another woman was killed in the same way as Eva Rausing, leaving behind an addicted partner

Mike Trace: Eva Rausing inspired others to beat addiction

The coverage of Eva Rausing's death has focused on the tragic end to a wealthy woman's struggle with drug dependence. It is important to remember however, that, to those working in addiction, Eva was first and foremost a uniquely committed and insightful supporter.

Mike Trace: Eva Rausing helped other addicts to live

The result of her work is that thousands are now living drug-free

Singer Amy Winehouse in 2007

Winehouse mother: Grief doesn't get any easier

The mother of the late singer Amy Winehouse says that almost a year after her death the grief "doesn't get any easier".

The Blagger's Guide To: Tove Jansson

Dark twists, insanity, obsession ... and not a Moomin in sight
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