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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.

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The restoration game: Crossways in leafy Hanwell, west London, has failed to sell at auction and may continue to lie derelict

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Plus Six Nations property breakdown, empty homes, homelessness, and rents in UK cities

Liverpool's home, Anfield

Liverpool reveal next step in Anfield redevelopment

The Premier League side are looking to redevelop their existing ground

First drone-assisted arrest in America began with a dispute over six cows

The drones were used to locate suspects after an armed stand-off developed

The tiny house movement: Could you live in a miniature home?

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Property news roundup: Spain poised to overtake France as favourite destination for buying overseas home

Plus new construction industry jobs and Chinese interest in UK property

Four in 10 landlords planning to raise rent this year

New tenancies in England and Wales up 7.7 per cent

Property news roundup: How often do you look in estate agents' windows?

Plus, valuing the UK's total housing market, Help to Buy figures, and homeowner optimism

Gigi Chao, right, with her partner Sean Eve

Gigi Chao, lesbian daughter of Hong Kong billionaire Cecil Chao, appeals to father over 'marriage bounty'

Gigi Chao tells father: 'I'll marry a man when he marries a man'

UK house prices rose 8.8 per cent in the 12 months to January, according to Nationwide data

House prices up by 8.8% in 2013, Nationwide says

However prices remain 4% below their 2007 peak

Vince Cable: 'There are different ways of finishing the job. Not all require the pace and scale of cuts set out by the Chancellor'

Vince Cable warns against housing bubble-linked recovery

Vince Cable has warned a housing boom could mean the economic recovery is merely a “short term bounce” in a warning shot aimed at the Liberal Democrats' Coalition partners.

Police captain supports claims that family was tormented by 200 demons as eerie picture of figure on porch of empty house emerges

Latoya Ammons, who is a mother of three, told authorities that demonic spirits caused her 9-year-old son to walk backwards on a hospital ceiling

The pinnacle of The Shard

Why the Shard stands proud – but empty

The oil-Rich Qataris failed to note those three basic requirement for success in the UK property market: location, location and – you guessed it – location

The rustic-chic kitchen

Property news roundup: Are kitchens getting smaller?

Plus, househunting by broadband speed, and searching offline

Pakistani Christian villagers march during a protest against the country's strict blasphemy laws against Islam in Korian

Death sentence for British pensioner accused of blasphemy in Pakistan

The man was given the sentence despite having a history mental illness

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