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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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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up