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8 - Completion. By Sidney Newbery, copyright Architect and Building News

20 - The Isobar complete with short chair by Marcel Breuer. By Dell & Wainwright copyright Architectural Press Archive / RIBA Library

- Wells Coates and Jack Pritchard Lawn Road Flats  The Pritchard Papers, University of East Anglia

How Agatha Christie secretly lived amongst Soviet spies in Hampstead

As historian David Burke points out, the basic requirement of any spy is not to look conspicuous. So when, between the mid-1930s and mid-1940s, around 25 Soviet operatives came to live next to each other in one of London’s new landmark modernist buildings, it didn’t sound like the smartest move.

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Joseph Connollyat The Flask in HighgateJoseph Connolly at The Flask in Highgate

Joseph Connolly: The master of contriving a cunning escape

The first Joseph Connolly novel I read, when I was 14, was his classic dark comedy This Is It and I have counted him amongst my literary influences ever since.

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ALTERNATIVE CROP. Vicky Pryce arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London, where she will be sentenced for perverting the course of justice.

Time in Holloway showed Vicky Price that prison doesn’t work

One moment, you’re a high-flying economist and cabinet minister’s wife, the next a cause celebre – the scorned spouse in the dock for lying about your husband’s speeding offence, then vengefully leaking it to the press.

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author of The Hollow Man

Detective thriller Deep Shelter ticks all the boxes

Looking for your next great thriller? It’s time to investigate Oliver Harris’s second outing with Hampstead-based bad boy cop Nick Belsey, every inch the “beguiling bastard” that crime supremo Val McDermid dubbed him when talking about his debut, The Hollow Man.

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author of cherub

Robert Muchamore stays in touch with his inner 12-year-old

Children’s fantasy author Robert Muchamore left school with a D in economics and now sells a million books a year, but he’s quietly modest about his achievements.

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Theatres of War author Richard Hall

‘Theatres of War’ sheds light on the lost battle of World War II

The Battle of Monte Cassino is often referred to as the “forgotten campaign”. Long and bloody, this series of four battles in 1944 saw the Allies emerge victorious – but so high was its cost that few have chosen to recall it since.

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Ben Watt

Everything but the Girl’s Ben Watt returns to the written word

After spending more than a decade underground as Hampstead’s finest DJ and record producer, musician-turned-author Ben Watt felt tired of yesterdays and tomorrows.

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Munir Bello

Maida Vale author explains controversial ‘slate and date’ website

Munir Bello doesn’t take a break-up lightly. He’s been dumped in the supermarket after telling one girlfriend that a “certain celebrity” was hot, started ranting about “equal opportunities” when expected to pay for an expensive restaurant date and, as he explains, became enraged when another partner hid their relationship from her family by calling him “a friend”.

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as tevye in fiddler on the roof

Eminent writers including Ian McEwan lined up for Jewish Book Week

Ian McEwan, David Grossman, Julie Burchill, and Simon Schama are among the headline writers at Jewish Book Week which runs at King’s Place from Saturday.

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and her book on Witches

A time when witches cast a spell in real life

The cackling witch on a broomstick is a benign figure for kids dressing up at Halloween. But 400 years ago, witchcraft was a terrifying collective fear, for both the people who believed themselves cursed and the often innocent women executed for it.

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Professor Albert Einstein in 1920.

Einstein’s lost daughter is a new case for Sherlock Holmes

Albert Einstein is rightly regarded as one of the greatest minds of recent history, but it is far from popular knowledge that he also hid one of its most mysterious secrets.

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View on Hampstead Heath

Hampstead and Highgate’s history of hedonism and religious dissent

For as long as they have existed, the lure of Hampstead and Highgate has been their “urbs in rure” atmosphere; their identity as villages against the backdrop of a capital. While this has always attracted rich and famous clientele looking for an idyllic retreat, the area’s origins tell a lesser known story of sex, alcohol and political dissent.

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Nina Stibbe's 'Love, Nina'

Letters reveal everyday lives of Alan Bennett and friends

Nina Stibbe’s new book reveals hilarious details of life in 1980s Gloucester Crescent

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Education See all

Cabinet member for children Cllr Angela Mason

26 children in Camden left without primary school place for September

Twenty-six children were left without a primary school place for September after Camden Council made its allocations today.

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Heritage See all

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt, Archibald Knox and the bidding war at a Hampstead auction house

A Hampstead auction house was abuzz with excitement as a furious bidding war saw a prized lot sell for 10 times its estimate.

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Obituaries See all

Mike Read has passed away

Highgate Society president pays tribute to ex-treasurer and golf lover Mike Read

Mike Read, who died this month aged 79, was a very active member of a number of Highgate organisations and well known in the village.

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Win a DVD copy of Sir David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive.

Win a DVD copy of Sir David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive

David Attenborough introduces you to his favourite extinct creatures as they come alive on one magical night in London’s Natural History Museum.

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