Already owning the book Swift, Silent, Superb by Scott Henderson, I didn't think I would need to buy this particular book. It didn't have as nice a cover, or as alluring a title as the former book.
However, time passed, and as the VC10 is my favourite aircraft of all time, I decided to take the (exceptionally expensive in $A) plunge.
Picture wise, the book is more extensive than any other book on the aircraft, with a lot of coverage of the development period and "paper" aircraft than I'd seen before. The author has extensively tapped the old archives in order to present as full a picture as possible.
All pictures are black and white throughout except a colour section on shiny paper in the middle. Some of the shots here are quite rare and as such the quality of them vary from exceptional to grainy.
Text wise, the book tends to drag with the sheer amount of detail that can be presented at times. An example of this is the names of all the department heads involved in developing the aircraft - this would have been better set as a table or appendix. Additionally, when reading the initial chapters, I got a feeling that some things were repeated too many times - giving me a bit of a "get on with it!" feel.
The book is a large hardcover format, with an easy to read font, glorious high quality paper (for some reason it's really noticable!), and is not a re-hash of the same information. Am I glad I bought it? Absolutely! Haven't been able to put it down!