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 23 June 2012
The Levellers' latest broadsides and refusenik anthems mostly follow the feisty fiddly-diddly folk-rock manner, but on the occasional track like "We Are All Gunmen", a mocking media fantasy of stability, they've introduced a slightly stilted synthesiser element, resulting in a more modernistic electro-rock style.
Friday 22 June 2012
Given the seemingly endless images of unattainable – if not actually unreal – physical perfection splashed across magazines and billboards, it is hardly surprising that body image-related unhappiness is reaching epidemic levels. But the situation is no less appalling for being so predictable.
Sunday 10 June 2012
From the dark recesses of the cellar ... It's the last great soul man, framed in electronic beats, supported by the voices of Fatoumata Diawara, Gil Scott-Heron and Lana Del Rey, co-produced by Richard Russell and Damon Albarn.
Saturday 09 June 2012
I'm very good at origami'
Saturday 09 June 2012
A march from terror to trauma with the armies of the night
Monday 28 May 2012
Nottingham fighter can gain wider recognition after his superb title triumph over highly rated Bute
Sunday 20 May 2012
His pen-name was created from two characters in Grimm's fairy tales, but his novels had little in common with the moralistic fantasies of mittel-Europe. Rudolf Ditzen was a magistrate's son, raised in Berlin and immersed in Dickens, Flaubert and Dostoevsky. He became one of the greatest German authors of the 20th century, but was not translated into English until 2009.
Wednesday 16 May 2012
One in eight deaths of UK adults under the age of 64 is caused by alcohol, an international conference on tackling problem drinking has heard.
Tuesday 15 May 2012
A takeaway boss has been jailed for 15 years after paying under-age girls for sex and inciting others to become child prostitutes.
Tuesday 08 May 2012
Jazz has a lot of people in her life who seem eager to big her up, which is handy because there are several reasons why she might need a boost. The very least of them curiously is Jazz's size, the result of an unspecified form of dwarfism.
Last Night's Viewing: The Hoarder Next Door, Channel 4
Playhouse Presents: King of the Teds, Sky Arts 1
Friday 04 May 2012
"They're not freaks," said the psychotherapist Stelios Kiosses about the subjects of The Hoarder Next Door.
Saturday 28 April 2012
The Vice of the People represents a passing of the folk-rock baton to another generation, Ashley Hutchings' son Blair Dunlop taking the reins and, with a coterie of young players, injecting youthful fire into the band's trad-folk stylings.
Saturday 28 April 2012
Despite the linkage suggested by the hyphen, Handel and Caldara never worked together; rather, the latter replaced the former as composer to Cardinal Ruspoli in Rome.
Tuesday 24 April 2012
The Government is wasting money by policing minor drugs offences, the comedian and former heroin addict Russell Brand told MPs today.
Long Day's Journey into Night, Apollo, London
Uncle Vanya, Festival Theatre, Chichester
Chalet Lines, Bush Theatre, London
Sunday 15 April 2012
Eugene O'Neill's tragedy about a blighted and bitter clan embroiled in internecine conflict is given a masterly treatment
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia
Europeans have ‘got whiter’ due to natural selection in past 5,000 years, scientists say
How climate change helped Genghis Khan: Scientists believe a sudden period of warmer weather allowed the Mongols to invade with such success
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