I had the honour of meeting the author in, of all places, Caen in Normandy, in the run up to the D-Day commemorations of 2010. He was on a book tour with Ian Daglish, I was on a battlefield tour with The Calgary Highlanders. If I had absolutely nothing good to say about this book, I suppose I might have included all that as filler; I mention it because he was kind enough to take time from an incredibly busy schedule to talk to someone interested in his work. His enthusiasm in the subject matter was apparent in person, and if you are wondering if it translates to the printed page, I have no reason to believe you would be disappointed.
If anyone is familiar with J. Allan Snowie's book BLOODY BURON, which is an hour-by-hour account of that battle by the HLI of Canada during Operation CHARNWOOD, this book follows a similar format, though it takes advantage of the graphical advantages of the intervening years. The author's personal attachment to the subject material - his father's presence at the one day battle - is an obvious advantage, as it gives not a bias, but an impetus to telling the story correctly, and from both viewpoints, Axis and Allied.
Multiple, primary, sources have been consulted, and the book is laid out logically, hour by hour. Direct quotes from participants in the battle give an immediacy to the text, and situational awareness is highlighted by a series of excellent full-colour maps and diagrams.
Whether your interest is in this particular battle, the units involved, or battalion-level operations in general, this is an excellent insight into the British Army in Normandy. One might think that there is a deluge of "British Army in Normandy" books in recent years, but this one is truly unique for the personal approach to the subject, the short timeline of the subject matter, and frankly, the quality of the presentation. If tactical studies are your interest, this book deserves pride of place on your bookshelf.