Well illustrated. Wide ranging. Well written, assuming you know nothing or very little,(correct in my case!). Even has a pullout map in the back of the whole coastline with age of rocks, visitor centers, bus routes and numbers, railway stations etc.
It takes you through geological time with representatives of creatures known to exist then, how the landscape formed, how fossils formed and much much more. After reading this you should be able to hold your own in conversation with any geology student you meet on the beaches.
I liked the historical parts. Past geological greats and fossil collectors, and the impact their amazing finds had on the public at that time. Mary Anning's story is particularly interesting. An amazing woman.
Do not expect to be able to identify fossils down to species level with this book. This is an overview book, and not a scientific reference tome. However it certainly is a very good general information book about this era and this area.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is coming down to visit Dorset with a mind to exploring the coastline and perhaps observing and finding some of these fascinating fossils. Who knows, perhaps you'll be lucky and find that perfect specimen.