Thanks Grant! I would be keen to see what you think. You'll probably love it!
Much as I have enjoyed Crossley's excellent Eastern North America guide, I find this one a bit of a disappointment. Perhaps Kenn Kaufman, Steve Howell, Stephenson & Whittle (The Warbler Guide), the Princeton WILDGuides series and Crossley himself have already set the bar too high?
My quite contrasting - and evolving - review is here: http://thecuriousnaturalist.blogspot.com/2013/10/book-review-crossley-id-guide-britain.html
Like your review. Bit disappointed with this also. Some photos not good enough and some of the manipulation is really quite lacking. Many birds standing in water just look to have their legs cut off. Not looked at all plates but photo selection could have been better,e.g. photos of firecrest are the dullest I've ever seen. Interesting approach though. Maybe it will grow on me.