In so far as it is possible to say that there can be a definitive book in a field where experimentation is constantly taking place, this is probably- for our, time- a definitive book on small fruits. Though the last part of the title is stressed, it seems to this ""home gardener"" a book better suited to the grower who is stepping beyond the confines of the small garden into a garden akin to the professional. Let's say that in the manner -- the approach- Mr. Clarke takes the professional attitude. That the matter, while all-inclusive, can be sifted for the needs of the home garden- or the commercial grower. For example, nowhere else have I found so exhaustive a study of types of soil and their handling, of types of mulch and their uses; nowhere else so meticulous a discussion of the diseases, the enemies, the treatments. From selection of varieties to plant-breeding, he has surveyed the whole field. Each of the small fruits is taken individually, and while much of the material is repetitive, selection is made pertinent to the specific fruit under consideration.