The artwork in it, by Scottish artist Alan McGowan, is inspirational. Building on the centuries of life drawing and painting this is figurative painting for the 21st century: combining line, tone, and color in a way that can be done only in paint (you can't take a photo like this) and created only through the eye of an artist (you can't run a photo through a program filter to get this). Painterly, without a doubt, and then some.
I've seen two exhibitions of McGowan's work this year, including at the Leith School of Art where he's currently teaching, and while a book obviously can't convey the large size of some of these pieces, the images are well reproduced (clear colors, sharp images). The sense of the layers and redrawing, the artist's eye at work, which I find so mesmerizing, is all there. I think anyone interested in contemporary figure painting ought to have a copy of this to enjoy, to admire, to inspire, and as a reminder about originality. And, no, you can't borrow my copy; buy your own!