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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.

Album: Levellers, Static on the Airwaves (On the Fiddle)

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.

Leading article: The scourge of a poor body image

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.

Album: Bobby Womack, The Bravest Man in the Universe (XL Recordings)

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.

Paterson says: 'I instinctively tend to avoid reflective surfaces'

My Secret Life: Don Paterson, 49, poet

I'm very good at origami'

Victims of a junta’s macho pride: Argentinian soldiers captured after the Battle of Goose Green

The Islands, By Carlos Gamerro, trans. Ian Barnett in collaboration with the author

A march from terror to trauma with the armies of the night

Carl Froch punches Lucian Bute during their IBF super-middleweight title bout

Boxing: Froch takes his place among British greats

Nottingham fighter can gain wider recognition after his superb title triumph over highly rated Bute

Invisible Ink: No 124 - Hans Fallada

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.

Warning over alcohol-related deaths

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.

Carlisle takeaway boss jailed for child sex

A takeaway boss has been jailed for 15 years after paying under-age girls for sex and inciting others to become child prostitutes.

Last night's viewing - Small Teen Turns 18, BBC3; Britain Beware, ITV1

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

"They're not freaks," said the psychotherapist Stelios Kiosses about the subjects of The Hoarder Next Door.

Album: The Albion Band, The Vice of the People (Powered Flight Music)

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.

Album: Handel-Caldara, Carmelite Vespers 1709 (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi)

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.

The flamboyant film star was asked to give evidence about his own battle with addiction to MPs reviewing the Government's drugs policy

Russell Brand suggests MPs decriminalise drug possession

The Government is wasting money by policing minor drugs offences, the comedian and former heroin addict Russell Brand told MPs today.

David Suchet and Laurie Metcalf are compelling as James and Mary Tyrone

Long Day's Journey into Night, Apollo, London
Uncle Vanya, Festival Theatre, Chichester
Chalet Lines, Bush Theatre, London

Eugene O'Neill's tragedy about a blighted and bitter clan embroiled in internecine conflict is given a masterly treatment

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First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
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Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
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Blackest is the new black

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Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

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Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

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Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

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Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

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Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 preview: Why Brazilians don't love their neighbours Argentina any more

Anyone but Argentina – why Brazilians don’t love their neighbours any more

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The Open 2014

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