My thanks to Sam Whittaker at Wiley who commissioned the first edition of this book, and to Sir George Mathewson who started me off on this route many years ago. I am grateful to Richard Harrington and Neil Schofield who commented on certain new material included in this new edition, and to Pete Baker and Aimée Dibbens for keeping me on track. Thanks are also due to Brian Scott-Quinn and other friends who encouraged me to ‘work on’. The late Mirek Piskáček posed me many good questions about the recent travails in the financial markets, and about the wider social effects of derivatives trading, which I did my level best to answer. We all miss him. Finally, but not least, I thank my wife Sheila for her constant support and forbearance.

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