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30 May 2008 0230205348 978-0230205345 2nd Edition

Designed to enliven the subject of land law for a student audience, Making Sense of Land Law is the ideal companion to an otherwise intricate and occasionally difficult area of law.  It is written with the student in mind, taking care to explain the essential concepts in a clear and engaging style, bringing them to life with question and answer debates and real examples, underpinned throughout with the relevant case law and statutory material.  The content of the majority of courses in land law is covered, making this an excellent text for use in the lecturehall, but also for independent study or revision where particular topics would benefit from additional explanation.  A student can use the book to work through each chapter, stopping to reflect upon learning and understanding before proceeding, and thus building upon knowledge already acquired. Where appropriate, diagrams elucidate processes, showing how the concepts apply in practical scenarios.
This new edition has been rigorously updated to ensure that the approach taken provides additional academic insight, many more case references and further reading lists to guide independent research.  In addition, the topic of fixtures and fittings is included for the first time.

Easy-to-read, yet reliable and accurate enough to support the student coming to this subject for the first time

Created to take into account different learning styles, ensuring that the essential points can readily be grasped by a range of readers

Sections in the book can be worked through step-by-step, encouraging the student to build up a solid understanding of the underlying issues on which to base further learning

Complete enough to work well as a main course text, yet sufficiently succinct to support revision or self study

This new edition contains enhanced references to the main legal authorities in an accessible manner, so that the student is guided through difficult concepts, gaining confidence to access and interpret source materials direct.  

"By approaching land law in a different way, this book offers a key to unlocking the mystery of land law for students who find the subject impenetrable."  C. J. Willmore, School of Law, Bristol University

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2nd Edition edition (30 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230205348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230205345
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 17 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 799,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'By approaching land law in a different way this book offers a key to the mysteries of land law for students who find the subject impenetrable.' - C. J. Willmore, School of Law, Bristol University, UK
'This new edition has been rigorously updated to ensure that the approach taken provides additional academic insight into land law, with many more case references and further reading lists to guide independent research.' - Times Higher Education Textbook Guide
'Readers (whether they be students or practitioners) looking for a succinct and easy to understand explanation of the key principles of land law should look no further than Making Sense of Land Law. Its innovative written style means the reader stands the best chance of understanding this complex area of law.' - Student Law Journal

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An innovative and engaging exposition of an intricate subject, with important concepts explained using clear language and helpful diagrams. Ideal for either use as a teaching text or revision.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some day all textbooks will be written this way 25 Aug 2011
By Colin Mccartney TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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What makes a good teacher?

For me, coming from a family of teachers (though I'm not one myself), it's a combination of passion for the subject and empathy with the learner. The good teacher can make just about anyone feel like an expert on the subject in question, no matter what that is, and no matter how little the pupil knows (witness, for example, A Brief History Of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes). The bad teacher demands a level of understanding that isn't there and expects his pupils to draw inferences from dry facts.

This book takes you back to the classroom: the teacher who wants EVERYONE to understand her subject and who feels a failure if anyone doesn't. To do that in a classroom is a work of genius in itself. To do it in a textbook is even more amazing.

The great strength of "Making Sense of Land Law" is that is poses the questions that the reader himself would ask, yet at the same time never shies away from the complexities of the subject matter. I defy anyone not to get something from this book, whereas Cheshire, Fifoot and Furmston's Law of Contract makes a good doorstop.

Elle Woods would love this book. Lynne Truss would love this book. Stephen Hawking - not sure (nothing in here about m-theory) - but this IS "A Brief History of Land Law".

All land law students should buy without hesitation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!! 23 Dec 2010
By Jodie
I have bought three law books for my course, and all are a waste of money. This is the only one I use, it is brilliant, and I really understand Land Law now
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It makes sense! 30 Nov 2005
By A Customer
This book is a must for any student struggling with Land Law. Each topic is divided into short sections, dealing with the sort of questions a student would normally ask and giving examples where necessary. It is also written using fairly simple language with Latin kept to a minimum making it easier to understand than other Land Law textbooks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lifesaver 18 Oct 2006
I was looking around on amazon to find a book on land law, which could at least make any sense. I found this and was amazed by the positive reviews it was given. Then a friend at another university recommended it. I bought it and it's proved to be more amazing than I initially thought it would be. It's actually written in simple English, as opposed to verbose language and unnecessary, long-winded phrases which don't make sense that some other writers on the subject favour; and actually makes sense!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Look no further 1 Dec 2006
Here's a scenario - You are being told a very boring story told by a very belligerent person. You may have been forcing yourself to pay attention at the beginning but then you lose interest and concentration. When you then get back into it, you are so terribly lost and disinterested and totally unable to pick up the thread of the conversation. Consequently, you slowly lose the will to live. This was Land law. After weeks of struggling to grasp all my recommended Land texts and lecture notes, I was about to give up on Law due to the feeling of ineptitude and deflation I experienced in trying to tackle this core subject.

Most texts and lectures concentrate on areas of Land law which make no sense until the end of the course - you don't actually see the relevance of the principles and statutory provisions you are learning and how they fit in ie you cant 'see the woods for the trees'. Aprils book helps by giving you the foundation of land law at the beginning, in such an easy comprehensible and engaging way, so you get to see the woods first. Even if you lose concentration, and come back to it, the thread is never broken because of that foundation. Result: Land law becomes like counting to 10 backwards!

PS - I got a distinction in Land law! Thanks April :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Land Law book on the market 16 Jun 2013
As a tutor who helps people through land law exams, and a non-practising barrister and former lecturer who wishes he had had books like this many moons ago, I can't praise this book enough. The best on the market.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is there an April Stroud fan club?! 6 May 2008
I LOVE the first edition of this book. It makes what appears from other books to be an esoteric, random and insanely complex subject absolutely learner-friendly. I like land law now. It's really quite fascinating when it's presented in this feet-on-ground way. I have not been able to buy a copy so have it on loan. Am gutted that the second edition did not come out in time for me to revise from it because am in a battle with my local library to get them to renew my inter-library loan (nobody has requested it, it's just their procedures and I can't let it go - I can't and I won't!). Fantastic book. It's a great pity it's not been more available. Have recommended to my college that they get a load in for their library. If only they would clone April Stroud and train her to teach everything.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An "Interesting" Book Indeed 11 Sep 2007
There are a lot of good things to be said of this book. It is certainly very different from the majority of textbooks on Land Law, in terms of its plain English, discussion led by examples, question and answer format, etc. This book provides a reasonable introduction into an area of law commonly perceived to be very difficult by students.

However, be very aware of its introductory nature. It is not a magical book which somehow transformed a difficult subject into something easily accessible by everybody. This book keeps its 'interesting' tone and even mini-storyline of cases sometimes by leaving out widely acknowledged difficulties. So it may make very good reading talking about case A in 1970, B in 1980, C in 1995 as a coherent or eventful series of decisions. But through experience of legal studies, one can probably expect that things are not so orderly. There might have been case D E F G H in between, which are not discussed or sometimes not even mentioned.

Some students read this book as if it's an unanimous decision of five lawlords, probably because they never read the latter. Well, only if law, or the life of a law student, can be editted to be as interesting.

And another thing to note is that some examinable points in standard UG modules are not included by this book. E.G the book has about five sentences on rectification of register, while most others have five pages or even a whole chapter. The everyday term 'proprietor in possession' is not even mentioned in the text of the book.

So in general, readers should always bear in mind that this is an introductory text. If its particular style or choice of materials makes it easier for you to read other 'big tomes' later, then it's definitely worth the effort. However, if you stop at this book and think you have somehow understood the notoriously difficult land law without breaking much sweat, think again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very practical in approach, and gets students or those with neighbour disputes up to speed nicely. If you have an objective, balanced approach to your situation, this book is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by WeatherNerd
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This explains in more detail with good examples on a particular topic to enable a clearer understanding of the topic.
Published 8 months ago by Red
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy at the start of your module not the end!
I made the mistake of struggling through land law all year until in a desperate attempt at revision I bought this book. I just wish i'd had it all along! Read more
Published 12 months ago by H Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book really helped to understand some of the trickier aspects of land law.

I credit this book with helping me to pass my land law exam. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Glosgirl
1.0 out of 5 stars not as good as others think
I have read the whole book, all chapters before giving this review. Generally speaking and on the first glance, the book is really good and easy to understand. Read more
Published 18 months ago by THY
5.0 out of 5 stars making sense of land law
Land Law made easy.... do not know what I would do without this book. A Big Thank you to April Stroud.
Published on 17 April 2012 by wohlamhe
5.0 out of 5 stars just the job
I bought this book because I am studying for legal executive qualifications and the author is also the author of my correspondence course book. Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2011 by ilexstudent
Published on 7 May 2010 by NIMMY
5.0 out of 5 stars The ONLY Land book that you can actually understand
For core books on the Law LLB degree, I was given various titles of must have books for Land law that turned out to be SO complicated and can make you not like this subject. Read more
Published on 18 May 2009 by Ms. J. K. Barmi
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT
I LOVE this book. It actually makes you want to read the next chapter, and the one after that without dying of boredom. Well done April. Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2008 by T. mahli
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