This book is a project that I have been nursing for a long number of years. I think there was a part of me that always thought it was too wacky for any publisher to be interested in. I would talk to people about it and – it may have been my imagination – they would smile uncomfortably, and begin to move warily away. That it has finally seen the light of day is the result of one woman’s belief in and passion for the project. That woman is my editor at Pearson Education, Rachael Stock. When Rachael called me to say ‘everyone loved it’ – ‘it’ being the book proposal – I think what she was really saying was that everyone had been infected by her enthusiasm for it. Rachael has been the perfect editor and I thank her for giving me ...

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