This charming little book, with its playfully provocative title, finds a perfect and rich niche that will satisfy students of art and art history as well as aficionados of that focus of erotic attention, the human bottom. Distinctions between male and female varieties of that fleshy wonder become barely relevant here as Lucie-Smith assembles a wondrous host of examples from the entire graphic oeuvre that demonstrates similarities and differences in the way artists (including photographers) have treated the nether parts over the centuries. As does its subject, the book comprises two closely associated parts. In many ways its major part is a collection of small illustrations, bigger than thumbnails but not greatly, of the examples the author has selected, each one with a few sentences highlighting its relevance to his arguments. This part will be enlightening to serious students concerned with the way an artist sees and presents his subject. The larger part of the book is a self-indulgent collection of magnified parts of these complete (but small) versions, each one showing in close detail the part of the anatomy of loving concern to the author. This part, though perhaps less weighty, is presented first, as might perhaps be expected considering the natural placement of its 'basic' parts in real life, at the end of the subject that rests on them. The book has its moments of humour, visual and otherwise, and is a well-presented view of a subject that is often hidden away.