This was my first ever disappointment in an Amazon purchase.
I ordered the paperback copy because no hardback version was indicated on the Amazon front page display.
However the paperback is completely different from the hardback library book which prompted my purchase: it is not a 'soft back' version, but a pulp paperback with groups of colour plates bound in at intervals.
The pleasure of 'coffee table' books like this is the care taken by the designer/publisher to interweave the text with the pictures - in this case they are entertaining collages which complement and harmonise with the author's tale.
However all is not lost - when logging in to make this gripe I discovered several 'used' hardback copies on the 'Kindle' page, for sale at much less than the price of the new paperback. I have ordered one of these - hopefully when it arrives I will be able to report total satisfaction. I'm writing the extra cost off to experience !!