There are tens of thousands of gardening books out there and such little space on your bookshelf, so which to pick? At first glance this might be an ideal candidate. Look, one of the writers has an OBE! Surely that'll sell it.
Well no, not really. You see it seems that the publishers spent far too much time on the design of the book (although, apart from the cover, the contents are black and white) and put too much effort into coming up with puntastic headings for each of the 52 'brilliant ideas'. Talking of which, they're not really ideas, more the many varied aspects of horticulture, eg pruning, companion planting, growing under glass etc. And therein lies the problem. The style of writing is very informal, very chatty. Which is no bad thing, but it fails to get the essential facts over. In fact it's very waffly indeed. It's trying to be your best mate when all you want are the salient points of those 52 ideas.
The biogs say that Jem Cook and Anna Marsden, OBE (!) "had only previously been exposed to gardening through their keen and knowledgable mothers" and Mark Hillsdon's work "has appeared in a wide and diverse range of publications, including Maxim [!], Country Walking [!] and CNN Traveller [!]. He has also written about gardening for The Times and although they're welcome to visit, doesn't feel the public would particularly want to see his garden [!!!]". Blimey. Nothing like trying to make the readers feel that the book they've just bought has been written by someone with authority!
This book may just satisfy an absolute beginner's curiosity but all other gardeners should give it a miss.