Have to strongly disagree -been sharing this great find with my course mates! To be frank :-) the description clearly states 60 pages, 14.81 cm x 20.99 cm and I got waaaaaay more than I paid for. She got in lots of information without it feeling like a system overload. I think if she had gone into more detail on some issues it would have got too much digest and less bite-sized for Volume 1 which was essentially an introduction to the fashion industry hence the designer descriptions, key organisations, education routes etc. Loved the info about work placements , designer characteristics (still working on my trend-spotting ability!!!) and Ziryab too. Buying times is really covered in more detail in Volume 2 as that is for a designer at a further stage i.e. ready to launch or sell. Trade shows and buying advice is also in Volume 2 . It's an easy mistake to make that's why you have to read the back of book descriptions before you buy :-).
I think you are right about one thing though - I definitely warmed to her as a person too because she shared her own story without overtly glamorous hype, the project Catwalk story was an eye opener wasn't it?! This is actually the only bad review I've read of the book so I'd suggest you give your feedback to the author she may take a while to get back to you but she is very responsive through her blog: http://samatasmusings.blogspot.com I messaged her after I got my books to say thanks!
All the best and best of luck with your clothing initiative!!!!