I received a copy of this timeless book in 1990, along with my first indoor bonsai (a nice Serissa). I had a few outdoor trees but books and good advice was in very short supply.
This book changed all that.
I now own dozens of bonsai books and over 50 bonsai - with dozens more 'pre-bonsai' growing in the garden - and it's all down to Harry Tomlinson !
It's still the book I refer to the most. I'm now on my second copy, and have just ordered a copy for my youngest daughter. When she expressed an interest in Bonsai recently the first thing I thought of was 'The Complete Book of Bonsai'. She now has a copy, along with a few easy starter trees, surplus tools, and a bag of my 'all purpose' compost from Dad.
Harry is now retired, but his superb bonsai nursery ('Greenwoods')is now run by his two sons - Paul and Corin.
I'm retired too, but a visit to the nursery is still high on my list of 'Things to do Before I Die'.