This publication is a 96-page, 20-cm-square, paperback booklet that includes 120 full-colour illustrations. At first sight it is the high degree of illustration that catches the eye, and indeed there is an abundance of generally excellent photographs, diagrams and artists' impressions of past scenes. The authors take the reader through the history of Scotland from the formation of its oldest rocks to a presentation of present-day habitats. The booklet has two distinct halves: the first part, written by Taylor, is the geological history and is entitled 'Scotland's journey across the Earth's surface'; the second part, 'Scotland's wildlife', is attributed to...

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