If you're a fan of caricature then I would, for sure, recommend this book.
If you're a fan of Derren Brown `the artist', then of course you're going to be chuffed!
However, if you're a fan of Derren Brown `the performer' I would issue a warning: This will NOT be what you are looking for.
I fit into the third camp. But, having had the time to peruse the book, I'm now edging my tent closer to the parameters of Derren Brown `the artist' too.
There is no doubt that this man is a skilled gent in many areas of his life, and although I'm not a fan of caricature myself, I can recognise a talent when I see it.
Rather than being just a `coffee table book', this album of interesting work gives a good insight into each of the portraits, on roughly a 1 page of text to 1 one full, beautifully glossy-page, image ratio.
The commentary flows smoothly from one painting to the next, highlighting not only why they were chosen as a subject, but anecdotes on the subjects and personal experiences of the artist as well.
There are also some lovely touches scattered throughout this book too that you would not usually be privy to from many artists.
A funny little letter about his own portrait from Gael García Bernal, warms you instantly to both subject and artist and makes you realise that there is definitely a sensitivity required in this satirical genre of art.
If you do choose to purchase this book then I think you would be greatly rewarded when your delivery arrives. However, I for one, am secretly still hoping that this very talented artist doesn't give up his day-job as a result!