Considering the nature of the subject matter, headland-bay beaches (HBBs), this book is appropriately and affectionately dedicated to three well-known and greatly esteemed coastal engineers: Professor Richard Silvester (University of Western Australia, 1924–2010), Professor Yoshito Tsuchiya (Kyoto University, 1930–98), and Professor Robert Dean (University of Florida, 1930–2015). Although the title of this book may seem rather specific to the average reader, the subject matter is extremely relevant to a broad range of coastal perceptions, not the least of which deal with bay beaches that are protected by headlands (promontories and capes). When a bay beach is viewed within the context of its broader coastal environment, the combined geomorphological form is referred to as a crenulated HBB. The component parts of such an HBB cannot be separated from consideration of their morphological evolution and natural maintenance. Increased understanding of these complex coastal setups offers advantages for improved beach protection, preservation, restoration and recreation, and aesthetics, in addition to providing viable alternatives for coastal management via environmental and engineering approaches. Study of HBBs is thus clearly multidisciplinary, and the authors are to be commended for doing a good job of amalgamating diverse fields of endeavor into a coherent whole. Their combined specialized understandings are reflected in the organization of the book and presentation of topics under well-organized sections that bring clarity of comprehension to some complex biophysical interrelationships in this unique and important part of the littoral.

The book is comprehensively organized, with the subject matter being broken down into three salient areas of consideration: Part 1, Geomorphic and Global Aspects; Part 2, Empirical Approaches; and Part 3, Engineering Applications. Each part comprises numerous subheadings that feed developmental approaches that contribute to essential overall understanding of various topics. Subdivision of Part 1, for example, focuses on three main topical areas that provide useful background information viz. development of coastal geomorphology, wave hydrodynamics, and global aspects of beaches. The 200 pages in Part 1 are well illustrated with maps, diagrams and graphs, tables, and halftone photographs. Part 2 starts off with further discussion of coastal geomorphology, with emphasis on the environments of HBBs, culminating with discussion of beach stability. Discussion of empirical bay shape equations and numerical software tools fill out the next couple hundred pages or so, with a plethora of diagrams and figures that comprise the remaining number of pages (about 300 pages) in Part 3, which considers shore protection methods, coastal ports and harbors, the static bay beach concept for shoreline management, and finally some case studies and engineering applications. There are three appendices (Appendix A, Tropical Cyclone Classifications and Naming; Appendix B, Images of 49 HBBs for Verifying and Revising C Coefficients; and Appendix C, Guide to Download and Apply MEPBAY 3.0) containing ancillary information that are followed by an extensive reference list (some 37 pages long) and a detailed index.

The layout of the book is pretty much what normally would be expected in a work of this kind. Coverage of the subject matter is complete and quite detailed in relation to engineering perspectives. Considering the range of multiple authorship and affiliations, the writing style is remarkably consistent, making for easy reading and comprehension. That is, the text is clear and concise for a work of this sort. The production quality is good with clearly printed graphs and computer screenshots. There is really nothing to quibble about, as the presentation of the subject matter is first class. The book is sturdily bound with a color cover; perhaps some color imagery in the book would have been useful, but of course there are associated expensive printing costs associated with color illustrations. As it stands, the lack of interior page color is not an inconvenient drawback.

The authors have done a bang-on good job of presenting material related to a complicated subject, and they are therefore to be congratulated. Kudos goes to them for taking the time and effort to distill a great amount of information and present it in a clear and informative manner that can only be descried as illustrious. This book is recommended for libraries and especially for researchers who will want to have a personal copy on their own bookshelf. Because the value of this comprehensive volume cannot be underestimated, it is highlighted as recommended reading for all those working with HBBs in a multitude of capacities.