A builder friend of mine examined this book, whistled, shook his head: "It's knackered, top to bottom, needs damp proofing, another three weeks and there'd be nothing but the cover, I reckon three grand should do it... Luck you called me in...". Jeff Howell, the building trade's Rodney Marsh of Rip-off has done it again. If volume one was the nifty, chip over the shameful wall of shoddy building practices then this is his thumping volley into the net of building blarney. His dismantling of the numerous building trade myths with his genuine love for the subject would make this book stand out on any book shelf providing that the shelf was attached using the relevant fixings appropriate to the load bearing capacity of the wall. See? Even an ignoramus like me can do 'build-speak' after just one read It's an unnerving experience to find oneself aroused to an almost physical state of excitement by the inherent qualities of rawlplugs but as a wall-fixings virgin myself I must confess Mr Howell's infectious enthusiasm and convincing writing set my pulse and heart pounding. Short snappy articles on everything from architects to wood worm (insert joke of own choice here) make this valuable addition to my loo-side book rack. Thanks to his witty and knowlegeable style I know why my 40 year old house is still standing, water proof and warm while my 20 year old office is in a state of plaster-cracked, damp-dripping, perma-crisis. Apart from 19th century mass poverty, malnutrition and disease, things were indeed better back then. With his rangy, good looks, skip loads of quirky anecdotes and encyclopaedic knowledge this man should have his own television series -now. A great read and don't forget: 10% of the profits go to charity. Buy it or your house will fall down.