Origins of Existence
The book is essentially a long discussion of the processes leading to life, rather than trying to teach the reader about the subjects concerned. There are a few illustrations, but these are highly stylised - for decoration, rather than helping the reader to understand what the book is saying. Hence I'm not sure that this book would be entirely suitable for those readers with no prior knowledge of the subjects covered, but then again more knowledgable readers may not find much new information. What the book does well is to gather ideas from several different fields to form a consistent thread.