This is the first time I have bought a book specifically about upholstery. I was delighted to have a list of relevant books to choose from and selected this one of the basis of disappointing or no reviews for other books in this section, that it was English (UK) rather than English (US) and... the cover looked lurverly, though they do say.. don't judge a book by .....". However, this book has not disappointed. I'd say this was a book for the beginner, but it contains enough inspiration to last through the years as you progress through and tackle the series of more and more advanced projects (10 in all, from drop-in seat to Chesterfield). The book begins with a potted history of upholstery, illustrated with examples of furniture in art from the 17C and goes on to describe tools, equipment, materials - all well described. The lovely illustrations and text with which the various stages of upholstery are described are excellent and even I, a complete beginner, found the early stages in the process very familiar and recognisable. The advanced stages are every bit as easy to understand and there are useful lists of suppliers of fabric and tools, and a glossary of terms.Described as a "Practical Guide to Upholstering Traditional Furniture", it is comprehensive and will serve as a good clear reference, as it's well written in digestable sections. If I have a critisism it is that, the notes accompanying some the photographs drew my attention away from the text from time to time - but still, that probably says more about me than the book !