Page 208. " I'd been in a seaside town in North Wales "

The north coast of Wales has numerous towns that are popular with visitors, including Llandudno and Conwy.  The reference to Wales in unusual in this novel, which is centred strongly around England.

Page 214. " when it was still a holiday camp for ordinary families "
A Butlin's holiday camp at Bognor Regis
Public DomainA Butlin's holiday camp at Bognor Regis

Holiday camps such as those established by Billy Butlin were popular in the UK from the 1940s through to the 1970s.  However, the advent of cheaper foreign travel meant that their appeal started to decline and many closed in the 1980s and 1990s.  The adoption of an abandoned holiday camp as a recovery centre is a novel fictional appropriation.

Page 214. " what the donors now call 'the Square' "
The Square at UEA
Public DomainThe Square at UEA

This square may well have been inspired by Kazuo Ishiguro’s time at the University of East Anglia, where he took an MA in Creative Writing.  At the centre of the campus is a concrete square which functions as a social space in a similar way to this square at the recovery centre.