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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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White supremacist Craig Cobb arrested after 'patrolling' North Dakota town with a shotgun

Cobb and Kynan Dutton are being detained in Mercer County jail after allegedly intimidating residents in the Leith community

One in four unaware of Help to Buy option

The Government hoped to give a serious jolt in the arm to the housing market and the building industry by rushing forward the second part of its Help to Buy initiative from next January to last month. But its message appears to be failing to get through to the people who really matter: potential home-movers.

The house in Hillingdon features almost exclusively purple decor and furniture

Who would live in a house like this? Purple lovers' dream home goes on the market

House in Hillingdon, Middlesex featuring almost exclusively purple decor and furniture could be yours for £400,000

Nationwide beats off Co-op Bank claims with a surge in its profits

Building society sees leap in business and rejects view it  is not a ‘serious competitor’

Struggling with bills? Time to sell your home

More than two fifths of people who sell their home to move to a smaller one do so to help reduce their bills.

Businessman Sir Philip Green leaves the High Court after giving evidence in the case brought by Michelle Young against her estranged husband, Scot Young

Topshop boss Sir Philip Green ‘lent tycoon friend Scot Young £80,000 to help pay his rent’

Michelle Young claims her husband has squirrelled away 'a few billion at least' in offshore tax havens around the world

England's Stuart Broad bowls during day one of the tour match against the CA Invitational XI

The Ashes: Stuart Broad quickly hits stride but rival pacemen come up short

England still do not seem to know their Test team after frustrating day in the field

Pope Francis arrives to conduct his weekly general audience at St. Peter's Square

Pope Francis: his life is in danger from 'ndrangheta, warns anti-mafia judge

Crackdown on financial corruption in Vatican has angered brutal crime syndicate, says Nicola Gratteri

House prices close to all-time high amid reports new Help to Buy scheme to blame for 'soaring' demand from buyers

Prices rose by 3.8 per cent year-on-year to reach £245,000 on average

David Cameron at an Altrincham housing development in September when he unveiled the scheme

Help to Buy: More evidence of a property boom (and why it’s a bad news story)

Help to Buy is boosting demand more than supply  of new houses

Something’s stirring, but any talk of a bubble is misplaced

One reading of the data released yesterday by the Government suggests Help to Buy has not made much of an impact on the property market yet.

Russian tycoon Sergei Polonsky walks along with police officers after his arrest in Sihanoukville, southern Cambodia

Russian fugitive Sergei Polonsky arrested in Cambodia jungle

Police in Cambodia have arrested the Russian property tycoon Sergei Polonsky and plan to extradite him to his native country to face embezzlement charges.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's Setad has built a fortune on the forced seizure of thousands of properties belonging to ordinary Iranians

Iran’s Supreme Leader runs business empire worth £60bn

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei controls a business empire worth around £60 billion – a sum exceeding the value of his oil-rich nation’s annual petroleum exports – a six-month Reuters investigation has found.

A 4 bedroom detached house for sale in Beanfield Avenue, Coventry, West Midlands, on with Bairstow Eves for £275,000

Most transactions recorded in an October since 2007

Prices have risen in all regions in England and Wales for first time in three years

The market town of Bingham, Nottinghamshire (population: 9,000) has been named as the best town in England and Wales in which to bring up a family

Where's the best place to bring up a family? It's Bingham

The market town of Bingham, Nottinghamshire (population: 9,000) has been named as the best town in England and Wales in which to bring up a family.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee