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What happens to family life when so many parents can only rent, not buy?

If my childhood been renting in the way that many families today are forced to, the added stresses and strains would have taken their toll on my mother's inventiveness

"Neither of my parents has ever managed to buy." Illustration by Kate Hazell

The ascending lines on the wall, dated and initialled; the tiny scar from the toddler tumble on the patio outside; the muscle memory that lets you skip the squeaky third stair from the top late at night. They’re unsung in interior design magazines but these are the kinds of details that truly make a house a home. They accrete over time, as residence and residents imprint themselves upon one another, helping parents to sleep at night and…

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