Thanks to James Dunkerley, Andrew Gamble, Mike Kenny, Leo Panitch, Alfredo Saad-Filho and Rick Saull for reading material that eventually went into the book. Thanks also to those at Edward Elgar Publishing who ensured that the process of transition from draft to completion was as smooth as could be. Particular thanks to Matt Pitman, Caroline Cornish, Carol Lucas, Tracey Smith and Rosalba Putrino. More widely, love and thanks to Emma, Will and Ella, and in terms of the extended family, welcome little Sophie! During the writing of this book, I particularly enjoyed listening to (among many others) Gabriel-era Genesis, PJ Harvey, Julia Holter, Low, Will Oldham and REM.