I am grateful to several people who have helped in the writing of this book. Martin Halliwell has been a patient and supportive Series Editor, while all the staff at Edinburgh University Press – Nicola Ramsey, James Dale, Esmé Watson and Stuart Midgley – have been impeccably efficient and helpful. Thanks to Sarah MacLachlan for prompting me to re-read In Country, to Paul Grainge and Julian Stringer for their help with film matters, and to Celeste-Marie Bernier for her advice on art. I am grateful to Paul Giles for his initial comments on the book proposal and to Sharon Monteith for sharing conversations about decades. Thanks also to the University of Nottingham for providing the study leave that enabled the completion of the book.