Page 129. " All right, missy, I'll take it along to the Oxfam people "
An Oxfam shop
Public DomainAn Oxfam shop

The charity Oxfam was founded in 1942, and has since raised money to work in a number of fields, including development and dealing with poverty and famine.  One of their major sources of revenue is their shops, which sell donated goods.

Page 136. " They'd been up to this town called Cromer "
Cromer crabs
Creative Commons AttributionCromer crabs - Credit: Nick Saltmarsh

Cromer is a seaside resort in Norfolk.  Like many of the places Kathy visits, it is a popular tourist site.  It is particularly well known for its crabs.

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Page 137. " a world away from our ones about, say, James Joyce "
James Joyce
Public DomainJames Joyce

Irish writer James Joyce is another major name in twentieth century literature, best known for the novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses.



Page 139. " she often looked more like the Wicked Witch than a movie star "

This is a reference to The Wicked Witch of the West, the character from L Frank Baum’s novel The Wizard of Oz.  She is best recognised in the form that she takes in the 1939 film adaptation, but has more recently reappeared in the  novel and subsequent musical Wicked, which centres on the witch.


Page 144. " a bashed but perfectly decent Rover car. "
Rover 3500
Creative Commons AttributionRover 3500 - Credit: The Car Spy

Rover was a British car manufacturer that produced vehicles from 1904 until its insolvency in 2005. 

This image shows a Rover 3500 from 1974, likely to be the approximate vintage of the car borrowed by Rodney.