This pocket-sized OUP Specialist Handbook provides a wealth of information about the supportive and palliative care of patients with heart failure. . . I was impressed by the amount of information, clearly set out in bullet-point lists, and by the Table of Contents and the system of headings which make that information accessible. A comprehensive approach to the psychological and psychosocial needs of heart failure patients and their caregivers is unique and presented in easy-to-read summaries. This is a useful tool for any professional working with clients in heart failure. This is a clearly structured and transparently written guidebook directed at medical, nursing and allied professional specialists in heart failure, a more general cardiology population and palliative care staff. It aims to guide the identification of advanced heart failure and advise on its holistic management. Have the authors achieved their aim in producing of valuable practical 'pocket' reference? To me they have clearly succeeded in this, with a clear concise guide to the complexities of advanced heart failure, which should be a valuable resource to all those involved in the care of patients with this condition.