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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 vintage tractor drives through flooded Thorney

Villagers tire of island life on flooded Somerset Levels

For nearly a month, residents of Muchelney and Thorney have been cut off from the ‘mainland’  after heavy rains

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Tottenham’s manager, Andre Villas-Boas, believes his players are ready to take on Manchester United after a disappointing display in northern Norway – and says the Premier League champions could be the perfect opponents for his side.

Ukraine’s divide over Europe is not just between East and West, but big business versus the individual

For Ukraine’s businessmen, integration no longer means gaining a new market, but losing a most important one

Book review: Mount Merrion, By Justin Quinn

Booms and busts – the state of the Irish nation, and the Irish family

Grandfather used pen knife to free himself from nine-tonne tractor

A man used a pocket knife to dig himself free after a tractor pinned him to the ground for over six hours.

Man held by police after 11-year-old boy killed by tractor

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.

Hugh Robertson: 'No other home nation has ever increased the number of people participating'

Exclusive interview with Hugh Robertson on Olympics legacy: Minister ‘delighted’– but facilities are still closing

‘No other host nation has ever increased the number of people participating’

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Glastonbury 2013: Festival-goers to get online with the help a tractor

Festival goers at Glastonbury will be given help keeping in touch - thanks to an unlikely piece of farm equipment.

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Photography book review: Tractor Boys, By Martin Bogren and Christian Caujolle

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...

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Grace Dent plays the Game of Thrones - superfan goes on location

Ahead of the season finale of everyone’s favourite TV epic, our writer dons her cape and tunic to take a real-life tour of where the magic happens

‘Every inch of his skin was stung’: Texan farmer killed by 40,000 Africanized killer bees after accidentally disturbing massive hive

A woman who tried to help Larry Goodwin is in a serious condition in hospital after being stung numerous times herself

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'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
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Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
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Al Pacino wows Venice

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Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
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The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
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The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
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A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
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Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

Europe's biggest steampunk convention

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Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

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Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

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