Bouldering Essentials is a lavish new publication from Irish bouldering guru David Flanagan. Like all good books, this has clearly been a labour of love for the author of Bouldering in Ireland, and the finished product is an eye catching introduction to all things bouldering. This book is a welcome newcomer to the scene because it fills an important niche. Distinct from both the legions of crag guidebooks and the few instructional aides, this is very much a new kind of book. Its main purpose is to act as a handy and comprehensive coaching guide for beginners and improvers, and it does this very well indeed.