A couple of months ago I had to look at the possibility of moving back to London, and I was horrified at how far prices have gone up even in the eighteen months since I moved back up to Yorkshire. I don't earn badly, but I'd have struggled to afford anywhere that could accommodate me and my books in an area I might want to live in. It's not going to happen now, though: I've just accepted a job in Hull instead. I was exceptionally lucky with my old flat in Charlton, though. I took it on at £675 a month in 2006, and was still paying that when I moved out five years later.