I t may or may not be a coincidence that I am writing this postscript to Lynn's collected papers in the same garden where she, her soon-to-be husband Noel Hennessy, Robin Skynner with his partner Josh Partridge, Ros Draper, my husband, and myself were sitting in the sun some two years ago. After attending her seminar at the Tavistock Clinic, I had followed Lynn's writings and teaching on family therapy over the years with eager delight, as much because of her literary lucidity as for her therapeutic insights. She always seemed to be either just that little bit ahead of where I was, but not so far as to be unreachable, or, to be putting into words thoughts that I was struggling with myself.
Now Lynn's papers have been collected into this one volume and her philosophical literary and therapeutic excursions linked together by a commentary that describes her journey since writing the Foundations of Family Therapy twenty years ago. For many of her readers who are also busy practitioners and teachers, this collection of her papers will have been a relief as well as a joy, because the effort of tracking down papers in the multifarious family therapy, systems, psychological, and psychiatric journals, as well as being