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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.

Design and Shopping: Ply and the family home

You're never too young to appreciate good design - so why not start by kitting out the nursery? By Lesley Jackson

Arts: Have I got views for you

After 25 years off the road, the legendary mobile Century Theatre has a new home in the Lakes. And this time it's staying put.

Liberation Of Kosovo: Looting: Nato watches Kosovars strip village clean

BRITISH AND French troops stood and watched as looters pillaged and burned a Serb village yesterday, making a mockery of Nato's claim that it is providing security for both Serbs and Albanians.

Books: Rough and redneck

Close Range: Wyoming stories by Annie Proulx Fourth Estate, pounds 12, 318pp: In today's wild West, tough lives make for stirring tales. Mary Flanagan meets the cowboys with injuries

The Balkans Truce: In The Camps - New refugees report more Serb killings

PERHAPS THE diplomats in European capitals were sipping champagne. No one here would begrudge them that. But a day after the much-heralded Kosovo peace agreement, things on the ground along the Kosovo-Albanian border had changed little.

Letter: Hope for Kosovo

Sir: Nearly twenty years ago my children and I lived on a hillside in Shropshire. One sunny day they were playing quietly when a military jet screaming close overhead reduced them to terrified screaming wrecks.

Girl, 4, crushed by father's tractor

Girl, 4, crushed by father's tractor

Horror at site of another precisionblunder

Julian Manyon witnesses the devastation following the bombing of Korisa by Nato

FOCUS: WAR IN EUROPE: The fresh and terrible fears for those that remain

t was the eerie silence, the empty valley that was so strange. Serbia's ethnic cleansing machine cranked up a gear yesterday, forcing thousands more terrified Kosovars out of their homes and into northern Albania.

Serb forces `kill 300' in massacre

IN THE bloodiest massacre described so far by refugees fleeing Kosovo, Serb troops and police are reported to have murdered as many as 300 Albanians forced to leave their homes last Tuesday.

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