Within these pages, The The's Matt Johnson probably says it best: "No band since The Beatles has evolved so dramatically from their first album to their last album as Talk Talk... They left behind a small but beautifully timeless catalogue, undisturbed by musical fads and fashions."

If you're reading this, chances are your life has been touched in some way by the genius of Talk Talk too, whether it's 'just' singing along to It's My Life every time it's on the radio, or the years of exploration and consolation in their stunning troika, The Colour of Spring, Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock.

Alongside recollections, interviews, tributes and previously unseen photos, James Marsh's awesome, nature-themed artwork for the band's releases is gathered in this beautiful book, and you will lose yourself in the images just as much as the music and the story behind it.

But the real magic of Spirit of Talk Talk is that despite telling you an awful lot of things that you didn't know, it actually adds to the mystique.

A hand-me-down treasure - to go with the albums.

Harry Guerin