Thanks and acknowledgements to the following. All mistakes are mine.

William Wiser, "The Twilight Years; Paris in the 1930s", Robson Books, 2001, for background on Paris in 1930.

The Surrealists website for information on surrealism and examples of surrealist art.

The HerbNet website holds a great deal of information for anyone interested in herbs and I found it useful as a source of the Latin and French names in Chapter 3. The poisonous herb Rumex nigra is completely imaginary, as is the Red Ear mushroom.

The images of vine leaves on each page are adapted from an image found on and the title page image uses photographs of country houses in Cornwall from the National Trust website.