Writing this book was anything but simple, an irony that has not been lost on me. Many people have worked long, hard hours to bring it to life.

Firstly, I have to thank my family, Pey, Leah, Bea and my parents, for putting up with me while I was writing it, for the ideas they gave me, and for making room for this in our lives.

The team at Peachpit have been fantastic. Thanks to the book’s editor Margaret Anderson, who gave sage advice and vital encouragement throughout; Michael Nolan who took on this project, editor-in-chief Nancy Davis; Gretchen Dykstra for her eagle eye and can-do enthusiasm; Mimi Heft for her lovely design; Becky Winter and Danielle Foster for such hard work on production and Glenn Bisignani for bringing it to people’s ...

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