I found the content of the book excellent - intelligent, very informative and well written (but then again I am biased, I loved the TV series and I think both authors are such interesting, knowledgeable and original people).
it would be a very useful resource book for people who love vintage and antiques, and are now ready to start buying and collecting or using quality and beautiful items in everyday life. Only a small part is related to the TV series itself; most of it is good solid information about how and where to buy vintage and antiques of all ranges and styles, from large and small pieces of furniture to up-market and middle-of-the range porcelain. Glass, crystal, silver and textiles are also included.
there is an excellent chapter on interiors styles, all the way from Geogian and Rococo to modern-day. Room photos, hints and tips, iconic items and info on famous makers and designers, is all here but is still kept light, short and sweet. DIY enthusiasts will love the restoring and 'antiquing' step-by-step projects. There is also a good comprehensive Resources sections, with antiques fairs and websites for the UK and abroad.
the book's appearance however is somewhat disappointing. Cracking Antiques looks a lot like a Dorling Kindersley-type manual and for me does not have enough large-spread beautiful interior photos. This is why I have taken 1 star from it - however full marks for the substantial and very useful content