I found this book to be pompous and bloated, in fact just the right size for holding open a door. May I suggest if you are a pensioner that this year you get a relative to buy this as a gift, it is almost perfect for lighting say 10 or fifteen fires and see you alive until, well, December 19th or so. A word of caution though if you are a cat lover, do not leave this perched on a window-sill, a fall from a high place could be a potential disaster for a feline, on the other hand if you live in a block with other pensioners the drop might cause a loud enough bang to restart a faulty pacemaker. If you happen to have a teenage son called Nicky try to be keep tabs on his whereabouts, especially if your local bobby is keen, Nicky might just have some explaining to do.
Overall I can recommend a book for Christmas and this one is nice'n'heavy, I bought the one with the yellow cover, easy to find in the dark when you need a firelighter. Ed Chatterton? He's quite tall, but not in real life.