An easily-followed handbook of pruning, listing shrubs both common and esoteric in alphabetical order, with clear directions for correct pruning. A selection of black-and-white photos, inset in the text, show the correct techniques, use of tools, and many "before and after" pictures. The writing is lucid and compact, with a lot of useful background stuff such as controlling disease.
After the alphabetical list of ornamentals, there is a section on training fruit trees. This is a subject very difficult to describe without becoming confusing. This book is among the best I've come across at explaining how to correctly prune or train every kind of fruit tree and bush. Although now old, nothing has changed in the intervening years apart from the introduction of some new dwarfing rootstocks for plums and cherries, so there is no reason why this shouldn't be the book you need. An excellent choice for the keener gardener.