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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (26 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0406979073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0406979070
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 2.5 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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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...Its innovative written style means the reader stands the best chance of understanding this complex area of law.' - Student Law Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 use as class text or revision aid --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Colin McCartney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Aug 2011
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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 By Jodie on 23 Dec 2010
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CE Nnani on 18 Oct 2006
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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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Nov 2005
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ciaomanana on 1 Dec 2006
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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 By Martin L. Meenagh on 16 Jun 2013
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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 By R. Coward on 6 May 2008
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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 By MS on 11 Sep 2007
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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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