To my knowledge, this is the first book ever written which is entirely devoted to illite, and the first broad compendium of illite affairs since our chapter ‘Illite’ was published twenty years ago (Środoń and Eberl, 1984). Being such a rare bird, this book deserves the attention of all friends of illite. However, the title is misleading. It should read ‘Illite from a very personal perspective’. This is not a balanced review of all published data on illite or all concepts of the nature of illite and its origin. Instead it is a passionate presentation of a personal...

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