I would like to thank Hannah Cooper and Jenni Harvey at Open University Press/McGraw-Hill for their ability to inject energy and enthusiasm into the work required to prepare a second edition of this book. I want to thank Harry Procter for his inspiration which initially led me into this field, for his wisdom and sense of fun, and for his continued validation and enthusiasm about this and my other projects. My sincere thanks also to Arlene Vetere who has been a continual source of inspiration and enthusiasm about my work and ideas and from whom I have learnt more than I can remember.
Of course I also want to thank Ros Draper for her perceptiveness, energy and enthusiasm throughout this project. I also want to thank, but am not sure whom, for the telepathic way that Ros and I seem to be able to work.
Finally, thanks to all the families that have provided much of the material for the book and who let me enter into their hopes, dreams and fears. In particular, thanks to some good friends and colleagues, especially Annie Lang and Andy Treacher for their support and ability to sort my undisciplined ideas. Finally, thanks to my family, especially the kids, Tim, Alex and Jas, for always reminding me that, whether I want to or not, I need to hold a ‘not knowing’ position with them.