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The Bellringer's Early Companion [Hardcover]

Steve Coleman , Sue Coleman
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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sue Coleman; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0952389649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952389644
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,277,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exellent book for the novice bell ringer 19 Feb 2001
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I would strongly recommend this book to any one who is either contemplating or just starting to learn bell ringing. A must for any tower library. It is written in a light-hearted manner, is richly informative with the odd touch of humour. Steve Coleman takes you through such intricacies as tower etiquette, what to wear as well as some of the basic technical knowledge that you need when you start bell ringing. The only subject not covered in this book that a new bell ringer might experience are the inevitable blisters as you struggle to gain bell control if you do not follow his very sound advice. There are numerous books written on various aspects of bell ringing, some of which are very good but tend to be aimed at those already hooked on bell ringing and requires a jargon buster to decipher. Steve Coleman's book puts the whole package together and explains the jargon, simplifies the complicated and leaves you itching to grab hold of a rope and have a go. If you are not already hooked before you start to read this book you soon will be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and much needed book. 11 Oct 2009
From the standpoint of the beginner for whom this book is intended, of all the books available on the subject of English full-circle ringing, this one really is outstanding.

The "standard works" on the subject all assume a level of achievement usually in advance of that had by the early learner and so leave something of a vacuum at a time when help is most particularly needed. For example, Charles Troyte, that doyen of method ringing, having started from describing the rudiments of The Exercise introduces hunting, dodging and place-making before he's reached page 19 and still in the book's "Introduction"! It is unlikely that a bright 15 year-old would assimilate things at this pace - someone 50 years older and at a time in life when many take up the challenge of ringing, stands absolutely no chance!

However, in this instance where technical things are covered, such cover is in easily understandable form; the author, quite rightly, has left the myriad technicalities and complications to others. What makes Coleman's book refreshingly different is that he acknowledges human frailties and that we don't all absorb things with the same facility and at the same speed. "The Bellringer's Early Companion" in a very readable fashion identifies the many everyday problems faced by all who set off on this journey. These concerns are not always recognised by teachers or Tower Captains and often remain unaddressed; so many of those dispirited to a point where they give up learning ringing in the belief that they are unsuitable or incapable would be spared these supposed inadequacies if they had the sort of understanding and encouragement provided by Steve Coleman. I know of several people who, on the point of quitting, have gone on to become accomplished ringers as a consequence of having their confidence restored by the experience and wisdom contained in this book.

It will be evident that I wholeheartedly recommend this excellent work.
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