Dedication: For Sylvia, Maddie, Catherine, Morgan and David. And in memory of my mother, Ivy Coate, 1916-88.
Epigraph: Into my heart an air that kills / From yon far country blows: / What are those blue remembered hills, / What spires, what farms are those? A E Houseman, 'A Shropshire Lad'.
Epigraph: What is the city over the mountains / Cracks and reforms and bursts in the violet air / Falling towers / Jerusalem Athens Alexandria / Vienna London / Unreal. T S Eliot, The Waste Land.