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(p. v) Acknowledgements 

(p. v) Acknowledgements

Robbie Duschinsky

and Sarah Foster

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date: 06 December 2021

We would like to offer our thanks, above all, to Peter Fonagy, Chloe Campbell, and Liz Allison for their kind and thoughtful feedback throughout our work on this project and on the manuscript. It has meant a huge amount to us. The book has likewise been greatly improved by feedback from Jessica Borelli, Muriel Darmon, Richard Devine, Jeremy Holmes, Elliot Jurist, Alessadro Talia, Everett Waters, Kate White, and David Wilkins.

Special thanks are due to the Wellcome Trust for making it possible for us to work on this book (Grant WT103343MA), and for paying the open access fees.

We are also very grateful to Martin Baum, Janine Fisher, Anne Abel Smith, and colleagues at Oxford University Press for their work on this book.

We feel deeply fortunate for the intellectual companionship and camaraderie of our immediate research group: Lianne Bakkum, Helen Beckwith, Barry Coughlan, Julia Mannes, Stephen Metcalf, Sophie Reijman, Sam Reisz, Guy Skinner, and Melody Turner. We have appreciated all the wonderful conversations we have had, academic and non-academic, with these wonderful people. The support we have received on various projects from Marinus van IJzendoorn, Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg, and Carlo Schuengel has been generous beyond any measure.

Robbie: I am grateful for the incredible support of professional colleagues through the losses and family health challenges of the past few years. My thanks to colleagues in the Primary Care Unit and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. It has also been a privilege to work with Julie Anderson and Dustin Hutchinson—colleagues and friends—on the ‘Living Assessments’ project. Finally, I want to thank my wife Sophie, especially for her courage through these difficult years.

Sarah: I would like to thank my PhD supervisors Greta Defeyter and Robbie Duschinsky. I would also like to thank colleagues at Northumbria University, including the social work and guidance and counselling teams, and my office mates. I have been fortunate to benefit from their professional wisdom and support, and also their friendship. My thanks also to my husband Mark for everything.

Finally … research for this book began six years ago. But writing up coincided with expecting the arrival of our respective daughters, Abigail Duschinsky and Evie Foster. The final revisions and proofs have coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns. Welcome to the world, little Abigail and Evie! When it becomes possible, we look forward to introducing you. (p. vi)