The stereotype of the solitary scholar is all very well, but I now know from experience that it is impossible to write a book on your own. So thanks are therefore due to many people, including Jackie Jones of Edinburgh University Press, for all her help, and the University of Sunderland for allowing me sabbatical time in which to write. Thanks also to my colleagues at the Department of English Studies, especially Professor Stuart Sim, who gave me advice on how to prepare my original proposal for the consideration of Edinburgh University Press. My gratitude to Dr David Amigoni of the University of Keele, for reading much of the original manuscript, and to Dr Bryan Burns of the University of Sheffield, for introducing me to Carter's work in the first place, and for providing me both with ideas and material for this book. Very special thanks indeed to my mother, for her invaluable help with childcare and housework. And lastly, but by no means least, to Tabitha, for putting up with a parent who has spent most of the last few months either reading, writing or lost in thought.