“I wrote every word of my book, but the task would have been far more difficult without the extraordinary effort of two people who have worked alongside me throughout – Deborah Crewe and Dan Sleat. Deborah was a fast-stream civil servant who served in the Cabinet Office (with my wife Alice), and in the Home Office and Ministry of Justice, and who (happily for me) decided on a career change.
Exceptionally bright, well-organised (and tidy), with great command of English, she has worked tirelessly, co-ordinating the many comments on sections, knocking them into shape, doing the first edits – and so keeping me to my deadlines that she earned the title of ‘Ms S D’ (Slave Driver)…. We three have enjoyed each other’s good humour too.”
Jack Straw, author