My thanks to those who read an early draft of this book and made good and useful comment: Janice Kulyk Keefer, Rachel Scott, Jonathan Scott, Kate Scott, Kathleen Bennett and Graham Hollobon. Of these, it is Rachel I have most leaned on and learned from. I am also grateful to Olivia Page for reading and commenting on a particular section. Jonathan Bennett, my unpaid consultant since the ages of two (his) and four (mine), has my special thanks. To Anna Rogers, editor, for her professional skills, tact and patience, I and the book are permanently indebted. And I would like to thank Harriet Allan of Random House for her accessibility, responsiveness and support.
The assistance of Creative New Zealand is gratefully acknowledged by the publisherpage break