I bought this book for my 11 year old son who is developing a love for fishing with his Dad. I'd looked at lots of books to help him begin to learn more about the subject and this book/manual is simply the best on the market that I could find for a beginner. It is laid out beautifully with clear photographs and good diagrams. It tells you all about the equipment - the different types of rods, reels, tackle etc - clearly explaining what they're all for, when best to use them and how. It gives you step by step clear instructions on how to cast, set up a ledger, tie knots, mix groundbait etc. It contains a comprehensive section on baits and then goes on to a section about 'know your fish' where it describes what each one looks like, where to find them, how to fish for them and which baits to try which my son found particularly useful. It also has a section specifically focused on what is to be found and how to fish in different places like lakes, ponds, canals, rivers, gravel pits etc There is further information on fishing topics as you advance from being a beginner and the book ends with 50 top fishing tips. I would thoroughly recommend this book to a beginner or intermediate fisherman who wants the facts clearly explained and likes some visual instructions too.