I took over my first allotment in the spring. A very neglected, overgrown plot. As a newbie to the delights of growing your own I wanted a book I could refer to for straightforward, simple advice.
This book hits the mark. It covers all the basics of preparing your plot, tools, how to plant, grow and harvest your own produce in a simple, straightforward manner. It's easy to navigate so you can find what you need quickly.
Alan's style of writing is full of encouragement (believe me, I needed it!) without overcomplicating things.
Over time I have added more books to my collection with more in depth info, but I still reach for this one first when I want a quick no nonsense answer.