Novellist Joanna Trollope has donated her handwritten manuscripts to Oxford’s Bodleian Library to ensure her works stay in the UK.

The donation includes research notes, letters, and drafts of her 18 novels and short stories.

Miss Trollope, pictured, said: “The Bodleian is the ideal home for my archive.

“Not only was I an Oxford scholar, but so was my father. Moreover, my own daughters were at Oxford colleges and my young grandchildren are educated in the city too. ”

Bodleian librarian Richard Ovenden said: “Her act of generosity will be appreciated by literary and cultural historians.”