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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.

Drunk tractor driver kills 11

A drunk killed 11 people during an hour-long rampage driving a tractor in China, smashing into shops and vehicles.

A funny thing happened at the Fringe Festival

Often it's what happened off-stage, rather than on it, that lives in the memory. PR guru Mark Borkowski on the best japes and escapades of years gone by

Tory MP Rory Stewart 'sorry for foolish remarks'

A tory MP who described some of his constituents as "primitive people holding up their trousers with bits of twine" admitted his remarks had been "extremely foolish".

Oosthuizen buys a new tractor

Open champion Louis Oosthuizen has splashed out on something special to mark his first major win: a tractor.

Bulldozers tear down PoW murals

Bulldozers have torn down a boundary wall of a 115-year-old Malaysian jail which was famed for murals that were painted by prisoners.

Family and friends say farewell to gunman's victim

The first funeral service for a victim of the Cumbria gun massacre took place today with loved ones and hundreds of mourners paying their last respects to Garry Purdham.

Convoy of angry cereal farmers rumbles into Paris demanding price support

The streets of Paris were invaded yesterday by a convoy of 1,300 tractors and 10,000 cereal farmers, demanding government help for their crisis-hit industry.

Teenager dies in slurry accident

A teenage farmhand died after becoming trapped when his tractor fell into a slurry pit.

Baptism of fire for Moody as captain

Borthwick's injury presents big test for flanker dropped for England's last game

'I saw Israeli bulldozer kill Rachel Corrie'

Briton tells court of the moment he saw American activist fall as she tried to defend Palestinian homes

Georgina Downs: Britain's Erin Brockovich

Georgina Downs is fighting to stop farmers spraying toxins on crops. Can she win?

Bastareaud bulldozers slam Irish aspirations

France 33 Ireland 10: Champions' hopes of a repeat feat are flattened by fearsome Frenchmen

Wreckage of 1912 plane in Antarctica is discovered

Remains of the first plane taken to Antarctica, in 1912, have been found by Australian researchers. The Mawson's Huts Foundation had been searching for the plane, last seen in the mid-1970s, for three summers before stumbling on pieces of it on New Year's Day.

Snow-blanketed village brings out skiers

Skiers made the most of snow which has blanketed one of England's highest villages.

Teacher sacked for offering to pray for sick pupil

A Christian teacher dismissed from her job after offering to pray for a sick pupil said today she felt she had been treated like a criminal.

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