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Apparently this is a "is part-journal, part-gardening manual and part-recipe book "; a fairly accurate description really. The book itself is nicely presented, with lots of uplifting allotment tales to inspire the budding gardener. The book itself is divided into the four seasons, with each season further divided into months or part-months and what jobs should be in the pipeline and what should be sown and harvested at that time of year. In addition to the gardening information there are a number of recipe ideas for your produce which is a nice touch.
As a keen amateur allotmenteer, there are a few problems with this book for me. There is no A-Z reference of veggies and herbs which can make it difficult to find information on specific plants, there is nothing on companion plants and information about crop rotation and composting is rather glossed over. Also, the glossy nature of the book means you're unlikely to want to take it up to the allotment or in the garden. If you want a more functional book that contains lots of practical information, an A-Z plant guide, as well as a gardening calendar, information on companion plants, composting and even has recipes, then you might want to consider Allotment Gardening: An Organic Guide for Beginners
Overall, nice book that would the probably make a nice gift for a beginner, but on it's own will probably prove insufficient.