I got this book out from the local library and realised very quickly it was the kind of book I would want to have my own copy of to refer to as a reference book as I develop my meditation practice.
Its a very good book - its well written, the authors are very knowledgeable and explain things in simple terms without patronising the reader. I really like it and would recommend it to anyone who has either never tried meditation, or like me has tried but never really understood what you're suppose to be doing in practical terms.
If you are going to buy it DON'T BUY THIS PARTICULAR BOOK! I live in Australia and ordered the book from the US Amazon site. The packaging was fine and it arrived ahead of its forecast delivery date. However, the book itself is of shockingly poor quality. Every other 'printed to order' book I've bought from Amazon (UK and US) has been fine but this one is terrible! The quality and feel of the paper used for both the cover and the pages is horrible and clearly very, very cheap. The glue and the spine work look like they will soon fall apart and the pages edges look like they've been not so much cut as hacked at with a blunt knife. Very poor quality control that allowed this book to be shipped. 4 stars for the book content - nil for the book itself.