Peter King (Department of Politics and Public Policy, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK)

Living Alone, Living Together

ISBN: 978-1-78743-068-6, eISBN: 978-1-78743-067-9

Publication date: 8 June 2017


King, P. (2017), "Prelims", Living Alone, Living Together, Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. i-vii.



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Two Essays on the Use of Housing

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Department of Politics and Public Policy, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

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This book, more than any other I have written, has depended on the kindness, steadfastness and love of other people. In revealing something of myself I have felt the need to seek the support of others for validation of this work. This book is about relationships and the (temporary) desire or need to withdraw from them. I therefore must acknowledge the massive debt I owe to my wife, B, and my two daughters, Helen and Rachel. They all feature in this work and have had the good grace to support me in writing it. B is a woman of tremendous strength and patience who deserves more than to live with a curmudgeon such as myself. My daughters have grown up surprising well despite their father. I thank them for continuing to endure, as well as to mock when they think I deserve it.

I am also very grateful to Jen McCall and her colleagues at Emerald Publishing for taking on such an eccentric work as this. Thanks also must go to the two anonymous reviewers who commented on an earlier draft of the book. As a result I think it is much improved and some of the grievous errors have been avoided.

Finally, I owe a tremendous amount to Roderick Evan, for opening up a pathway towards making sense of the dark and rather forbidding places I have at times been caught in. Because of him I have found a means of identifying and articulating what, for me, had been frustratingly elusive.