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 24 January 2014
For nearly a month, residents of Muchelney and Thorney have been cut off from the ‘mainland’ after heavy rains
Thursday 23 January 2014
Thursday 02 January 2014
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Friday 29 November 2013
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Thursday 28 November 2013
For Ukraine’s businessmen, integration no longer means gaining a new market, but losing a most important one
Friday 04 October 2013
Thursday 03 October 2013
A man used a pocket knife to dig himself free after a tractor pinned him to the ground for over six hours.
Friday 27 September 2013
Farming Simulator 2013
Saturday 10 August 2013
The driver of a tractor involved in a collision that killed an 11-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink driving.
Exclusive interview with Hugh Robertson on Olympics legacy: Minister ‘delighted’– but facilities are still closing
Sunday 21 July 2013
‘No other host nation has ever increased the number of people participating’
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Friday 28 June 2013
Oscar Quine met some of them
Monday 24 June 2013
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Sunday 23 June 2013
Youngsters meet up on the village outskirts, racing their "tractorcars", burning tyremarks into the warm summer asphalt. The smell of rubber, oil and souped-up engines fills the air...
Friday 07 June 2013
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‘Every inch of his skin was stung’: Texan farmer killed by 40,000 Africanized killer bees after accidentally disturbing massive hive
Monday 03 June 2013
A woman who tried to help Larry Goodwin is in a serious condition in hospital after being stung numerous times herself
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
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France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Green Party Caroline Lucas interview: 'We could be on the edge of something very big'
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