Defences Against the Witches' Craft is a slim book packed full of useful information on charms, amulets and other ways of dealing with malefic magical forces. John Canard provides methods of preventing and combatting curses and hexes using a wide variety of English practices including herbs, poppets, special stones and other traditional tools. John Canard gives the source of his information, most of which is very much rooted in England, but is supplemented by similar practices from other cultures.The book is well written, in a friendly manner, and refrains from preaching on ethical matters. For the most part, it is assumed the reader has a working knowledge of magic, with step-by-step instructions provided only for a few methods. A small bibliography is provided for the reader who wishes to explore further the historical uses of the various items mentioned in the book. I definitely recommend this book, and some of my witchy friends may receive it as a birthday present.