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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.

A Bedroom Tax protest outside the SNP Autumn Conference in October 2013; nine months after its introduction, the policy is still dividing opinions

The 'bedroom tax' remains one of the most divisive of Coalition policies

Labour has pledged to abolish the scheme

Property news roundup: North-South rent divide

Plus, how to buy a property at auction, firsttime buyer numbers, and latest rent increases

Janna Bullock, who sold property in Moscow, New York and London, is a society figure in Manhattan

French court orders Alexey Kuznetsov to be extradited to Russia facing criminal charges

Russian authorities issue international warrant for socialite Janna Bullock

Flood Re proposals are expected to become part of the Water Bill in mid-2015

Millions could be left without affordable flood insurance

But home insurance premiums are still falling despite floods

Housing boom squeezing businesses out of London's West End

London's housing boom is pushing businesses out of the West End, a leading commercial property advisor has warned.

Emergency workers battle to contain the flames

Fire wrecks £3m mews home being renovated in west London

Grade-two listed Victorian terrace was left a shell

The home of George Sanders where Marilyn Monroe once stayed

Property news roundup: Homebuyer deposits down

Plus, expensive property hotspots outside London, and a look at house prices around Europe

Two bedroom flat to rent at Beaufort Court, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff CF10. On with Northwood UK at £650 pcm (£150 pw)

One in five landlords has returned early from a holiday to help tenants

On average, landlords visited their property three times in the last 12 months to carry out repairs

Danny Cousins, 21, and his 66-year-old father, Mick, are sharing a one-bed flat in Luton while Danny saves for a house

The boomerang generation: Forced back to the nest by lack of jobs and high cost of living

Official figures show Britain now has more than 3m ‘boomerangers’, and it’s getting worse

More than a quarter of young Brits still with their parents

More than a quarter of young Brits still with their parents

More than a quarter of young Brits still live with their parents as the economic downturn and rising house prices prevent them from moving out.

Zakieya Latrice Avery has been charged with the murder of her two children

'Exorcism' deaths: Mother Zakieya Avery stabbed children to death 'to remove the presence of the devil'

Avery was allegedly performing an exorcism when she stabbed her two toddlers

Five bedroom new flat for sale, Penthouse B The Atrium, 127-131 Park Road, London NW8. On with Aston Chase at
£9,750,000

Property news roundup: Using Google Glass to sell properties

Plus, househunter numbers up, house supply down, and latest mortgage figures

Nearly £6,000 worth of Viagra stolen from Ministry of Defence since 2007

Drug is among millions of pounds of military stock stolen in the past seven years

Gregory and Sandi Leeson are thoroughly creeped out by their 113-year-old Victorian home; they have described their home as 'slightly haunted'

The ghost of an idea: Couple advertises home as 'slightly haunted'

Faced with a scary housing market, one American couple has found a novel way to attract interest

Negotiating the minefield: The basic dos and don'ts of picking your new student accommodation

The world of estate agents and student flats is a tricky one - but these simple rules should see you right

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