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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Tuesday 03 August 2010
A drunk killed 11 people during an hour-long rampage driving a tractor in China, smashing into shops and vehicles.
Sunday 01 August 2010
Monday 26 July 2010
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".
Thursday 22 July 2010
Open champion Louis Oosthuizen has splashed out on something special to mark his first major win: a tractor.
Wednesday 23 June 2010
Bulldozers have torn down a boundary wall of a 115-year-old Malaysian jail which was famed for murals that were painted by prisoners.
Thursday 10 June 2010
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.
Wednesday 28 April 2010
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.
Monday 29 March 2010
A teenage farmhand died after becoming trapped when his tractor fell into a slurry pit.
Saturday 20 March 2010
Thursday 11 March 2010
Tuesday 16 February 2010
Sunday 14 February 2010
Sunday 03 January 2010
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.
Thursday 24 December 2009
Skiers made the most of snow which has blanketed one of England's highest villages.
Monday 21 December 2009
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.
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'
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