This book was recommended by a tutor but in comparison to some other more popular research titles this book is next to useless for a first/second year midwifery student who needs a huge insight into qualitative research - better off with Sara Wickham's Appraising Research Into Childbirth and Nursing Research, Janet Houser's Nursing Research but best of all Steen and Roberts' The Handbook of Midwifery Research. The other book is like a personal life experience and view on qualitative research. Waste of time.
Excellent first step into understanding qualitative research - not the nuts and bolts of it, there are many many other books to help you with that but rather the spirit of qualitative research. Specifically the author espouses the use of ethnographic research over interviewing and "found" data over "manufactured data" and argues a strong case for this. This is especially helpful for those more convinced by quantitative data and needs to understand better the "point" of more interpretative perspectives. His use of photographic art as a metaphor for finding the mundane in the extraordinary is especially strong. The chapter on bulls*** and tonsils is very entertaining. I don't agree with all of the arguments in this short book but I was very engaged throughout.