I've been living in Oxford for just over six months now, and I have to say that scarcely a day goes by without my rejoicing at having made such a successful move. My heart still lifts when I see views like this, and there is so much to do here that is really enjoyable. All this past week Christ Church -- you can see its famous 'Tom Tower' with its pale green roof just left of centre -- has been the venue for the Oxford Literary Festival, and I have been to several really good events. At the beginning of the week I listened to Helen Rappaport talking about her latest book, Beautiful For Ever, the story of the notorious Madam Rachel who made a fortune from 'enamelling' the faces of Victorian women. A great talk, and sounds like a great book though I haven't read it yet. A few days ago it was Rose Tremain being interviewed by Joanne Harris about her latest novel, Trespass, again so far unread but definitely on the TBR list -- that was good value, two excellent novelists for the price of one. Yesterday was a real treat -- at lunchtime it was the turn of the amazing PD James, who spoke wonderfully about Barbara Pym. Baroness James is a few months away from her 90th birthday and how truly admirable she is -- radiant, calm, intelligent, altogether delightful. Finally, in the early evening, there was a lively discussion between the novelists Victoria Hislop, Anita Mason and Adèle Geras. That was fun, especially as I am lucky enough to know Adèle, who pops in here from time to time -- she was looking amazingly svelte and elegant and it was really good to see her. So all in all a terrific week. And now I have to clean the house.