A book entitled `The Origin of Stars', by Michael D. Smith, was published in October 2004 by Imperial College Press. It is the first book on star formation, apart from collective works based on conference proceedings, for fifteen years. It presents the story of stellar procreation in a form comprehensible to the avid science reader and suitable for use as a university textbook. In particular, the book illustrates the recent revolution in our knowledge of star birth, on many scales. An accompanying Web Gallery (see http://star.arm.ac.uk/mds/Origin/origin.html) has been constructed.