Homes are central to human life, but defining what home is can be problematic. Home is a fundamental and universal concept, yet it has multiple associated and layered meanings for different people in a great range of circumstances. ‘The many faces of home’ considers the somewhat elusive notion of home. It looks at the many origins of the word ‘home’, how home is understood in other languages, positive and negative attitudes to home, and the concepts of parochialism and cosmopolitanism. It concludes that home, for all of its immediate and more traditional associations, is actually a multi-faceted, problematic notion, and for many, an almost undefinable thing.