As with most Shire Archaeology books this gives a good summary of its subject. It covers the techniques used by the Roman painters and plasterers, covers the range of decorative schemes in Roman Britain and also covers lifting of wall plaster and conservation. The work draws on Ling's more in depth study on the same subject with Norman Davey (Wall Painting in Roman Britain). The main detraction is the lack of any colour illustration, which makes a world of difference to appreciating the wall paintings. Perhaps it is time publishers produced 'digital' reprints with full colour illustration of books such as this. This book provides a good intoduction to the subject. Anyone needing a more in depth study with extensive catalogue should go for the Davey and Ling tome.