A useful enough starter guide to the subject, the primary value of the book lies with the large number of examples - and a few brief demonstrations - illustrated in full-colour.
Much of the content, notes on technique, materials, working practices, etc., can be found in other books, but as a guide specifically to still life, this is pretty good; Graham is a GSA graduate and this is reflected in the approach he takes in his demonstrations – I take much the same approach myself. Examples and demos. cover a range of mediums, chiefly oils, watercolour, pastel and acrylic, with paintings by Sandy Murphy, James MacDonald, Philip Sutton, John Yardley etc., and by Graham himself. There are a small number of watercolours by Shirley Trevena that pre-date her own books – an interesting find in themselves.
Not a hugely comprehensive book on the subject by any means, but a good enough guide, suitable for the painting beginner, ideally one who has developed a little skill in basic drawing and is unafraid to work from their own still life arrangements.
A great book for seeing a range of still life work in various media by a several artists with greatly differing styles. Modern without being abstract. Simple headdings to colour, composition etc with sufficient information to lead to a good outcome for your work.