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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Friday 13 April 2012
As so many controversies do these days, it started with a tweet. "Just killed back-to-back spin classes. Eating a salad dreaming of a cheeseburger #Pop SingersDontEat #IWasBornThisWay", tweeted Lady Gaga to her 22 million followers earlier this week.
Sunday 25 March 2012
Eugène Ysaÿe's 1924 sonatas anticipate the memorial beauty of Karl Amadeus Hartmann's Suites for Unaccompanied Violin by three years and the desolate fury of Bartók's Sonata for Solo Violin by two decades.
Tuesday 20 March 2012
Life on Marsden
Tuesday 13 March 2012
Hoarding can take over people's lives and homes, but only now is it being recognised as a distinct psychological disorder. Emily Jupp meets members of the first therapy group for sufferers
Sunday 11 March 2012
It's about intrinsic beauty, inner spirit, a synecdochical relationship with nature. It's also about battling it out on a cold spring morning to see whose tree is tops. Matthew Bell joins Britain's hardcore bonsai enthusiasts – in Swindon, of all places.
Tuesday 21 February 2012
House of Lies is a new sitcom that makes light of corporate greed
Thursday 16 February 2012
A new digital novel will overturn centuries of literary tradition by allowing readers to choose how they would like a story to end.
Monday 06 February 2012
War torn and ravaged by division, Afghanistan has become the focus for the worldwide fight against child drug addiction
Sunday 05 February 2012
Murderous monologues from the citizens of Making-Ends-Meet
Friday 03 February 2012
The human brain may be “wired up” for addictive behaviour according to a study that shows how some people are more likely than others to become addicted to crack cocaine.
Friday 03 February 2012
Friday 27 January 2012
Tuesday 24 January 2012
Wearing a grey patterned suit and a blue open-collared shirt, not the green or orange prison jumpsuits which have been his public attire for almost three years, Allen Stanford faced his peers in a Houston courthouse at last.
Thursday 19 January 2012
They have been lambasted for their long working hours, for taking their laptops on holiday and obsessively checking their emails. But now there is good news for workaholics everywhere – their fixation with work is not necessarily a bad thing.
Tuesday 17 January 2012
Electronic cigarettes could save hundreds of thousands of lives, according to their makers. So why are many health experts opposed to them? Enjoli Liston hears the arguments
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