Finallly bought my own copy after my mate demanded his back! I would say this book is essential for anyone who surfs in the UK. It has all the surfing ifo you'll need from all the breaks, board recommendations, wind and swell directions, tides and any access issues. It also has surfer friendly places to eat sleep and drink, where all the local surf shops are as well as a list of all the UK surf shools.
I especially like the way there's advice and stories from all the top UK surfers too. Feels like a real insight into the UK surf scene, not just a bunch of breaks thrown together. The one weakness the book does have is tht the maps aren't fantastic, but they're good enough to get you too the breaks - and that's all that matters. This books gone everywhere with me for the last year, and my new copy will have pride of place in my glove box.