This book has been over 18 months in the making and would not be finished without the contribution, inspiration and support of a large number of people.
Our deepest gratitude goes out to Nicki Hayes, who helped us transform this work from its rough early form to the polished story you are about to read. She demonstrated diligence and good humour throughout, exercising tremendous flexibility and talent in responding to our demanding expectations.
We also want to express special thanks to several other people who contributed to the book in a variety of ways: to Steph Tranter for her detailed and superb comments on virtually all aspects of the manuscript; to Gail MacIndoe for her early input into shaping some of the concepts and ideas in the book; to Sarah Glazier for her efficient support coordinating the production and marketing of the book; and to Dearbhla Kelly, Karena Gomez, Josh Dykstra, Aidan Tod, Mike Miller and Mike Pegg for their excellent comments and feedback during the final stages of writing.
Finally, a special note of thanks goes to our families for giving up time with us over the weekends, evenings and holidays, to help us complete this manuscript and for continuing to support us through every step of our journey to translate our dreams into reality. James wishes to thank his son, Liam, for remaining so positive over the years and bringing him so much joy and pride. Special thanks from Paul to Ana, his partner, and to his Mum for giving him all ...