We usually study different methods (grammar-translation, audiolingualism, communicative language teaching) in chronological order, alongside so-called ‘marginal’ methods (Suggestopedia, the Silent Way). Instead, this pocket-sized 130-page book groups methods by what they have in common. This categorisation results in six sections including natural, linguistic, communicative and self-study methods. Finally, there is a short ‘beyond methods’ section focusing on ‘principled eclecticism’. This innovative approach helps to identify underlying beliefs and any potential benefits of the methods; each one is succinctly described and assessed. Thornbury concludes that, in a way, ‘All methods are eclectic.’ The book includes information on superhuman polyglots and some bizarre techniques. Many methods were new to me, including Crazy English and Prendergast’s ‘mastery system’. This easy-to-read account should help us evaluate current practice. Fascinating.