All Quiet on the Home Front arrived a week ago and now it is out in the world so it’s time for a thank you to all the people who helped me make this work and publish this book.
First and foremost thank you to Alejandro Acin for your brilliance, vision and patience in editing, planning and producing this book. Thank you to Alessia Glaviano, Awoiska van der Molen, Susan Bright and Timothy Archibald for your beautiful words, your intelligence, your inspiration, and for your help with everything.
Thank you also to Paul Gaffney, Dragana Jurisic, Jesse Alexander, Jon Tonks, Rocco Venezia, Laura El-Tantawy, Amak Mahmoodian, Lua Ribeira, Tom Groves, Emilie Lauwers, Andrea Copetti and Tito Mouraz for your advice and input on the work. To Lina Pallota, Melissa Carnemolla, Teresa Bellina and Simone Sapienza thank you for Gazebook Sicily, and for much more besides. And thank you to my parents for your help and support over the years.
Thank you to all the subscribers who pre-ordered this book and made its publication possible. Paul Fox, Gabriela Cendoya, Brian Steptoe, Eva-Maria Kunz, Barry Miller, Rania Matar, Adrian Campbell-Howard, Kazuhiko Sato, Jesse Alexander, Geneva Brinton, Martin Amis (PhotobookStore), Alberto Martinez, Melissa Carnemolla, and Harry Rose.
And a big thank you to Sam Hardie for making the brilliant films!
Finally thank you so much to my beloved wife, Katherine, without whom I couldn’t have made this work and be the father I am. And of course Isabel, thank you for those shared times spent outside and for simply being the person you are.
In Paris thank you to everybody for the conversation, the photography, the moments, and for buying the book. Thank you Tipi Bookshop and Polycopies for hosting the launch, for drinks, chats and loveliness, thank you Sian Davey, Abbie Trayler-Smith, Bruno Bayley, Mimi Mollica, Catherine Balet, Ethna Rose, Lewis Bush, Simon Bainbridge, Giuseppe Iannello, Asya Zhetvina, Seba Bruno, Clementine Schneidermann, Natasha, Mathieu Asselin, Katrin Koening, Armand Quetsch, Stephanie Wynne, Laurent Chardon, Jon Tonks, Derek Man, Rob Hoesel, Natasha Christia, Nicolo de Giorgis, Kazuma Obara, Sebastian Hau, Chiara Oggioni Tieppelo, Sam Harris, Priscilla Stanley, Vincent Sassu, Madina, Vanessa, and Claude Lemaire. And if I've forgotten anyone, thank you too.
Finally thank you Eamonn Doyle and Flora for a great last evening complete with the history of Ireland, Zinedine Zidane, and a bunch of French kids jumping around to Champagne Supernova. Thank you to the guy with the harmonica. I’m so sorry for getting angry with you but I don’t care how good the eggs are, I’m not walking three miles across Paris in the pissing 7am rain.
Thank you to the guy in the wheelchair for the Fox Terrier picture and the performance of his sidecar years, and thank you Anita and Jessica for Chez Denise and a night spent re-enacting the Seventh Seal on the streets of Paris. Just shows you can have fun without the Black Death! It was fabulous!
And thank you Paris!