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Dr Peter Marshall
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27 Aug 2010
Double-entry accounting can be easy if it's explained well, and Mastering Book-keeping does just that. Now in its updated 8th edition, this popular book has helped thousands of people to get to grips with book-keeping. It explains the principles and practice of book-keeping sequentially, and includes: - The daybooks and ledger accounts - End of year accounting - Sole proprietorships, limited companies, partnerships and not-for-profit organisations - Using computers for accounting - Accounting for VAT - Progressing to more advanced management accounting - The implications of the Data Protection Act 1998 on book-keepers Plus step-by-step guides to compiling a balance sheet, depreciation, accounting for bad and doubtful debts, and much more. Everything is made clear with easy-to-follow explanations. Typical transactions are illustrated throughout to make the information even easier to understand. This book is suitable for those preparing for the examinations of ICB, AAT, IAB, OCR, AQA and all other courses in book-keeping and accounts.

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  • Paperback: 541 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books; 9 edition (27 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845284461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845284466
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Profile produced by the Publishers of Dr Peter Marshall

Dr Peter Marshall is a polymath among authors, who has made significant contributions, in equal proportions, to the arts, sciences and manufactures.

A distinguished psychologist and former examiner in the subject for a major Oxford and Cambridge examinations board, he is the author of 26 books on psychology and related subjects which are published all over the world in more than 20 languages. At the same time he is also an acclaimed expert on accounting and finance and his textbooks have been accredited and endorsed by all the principal institutes
on the subject

1n 1992 his novel - The Berries on Mulvy Island, was shortlisted for the Welsh Arts Council's Annual Literary Prize and was chosen as book of the Week on BBC Wales Primetime Programme. It attracted favourable reviews, not least from the Cambridge News Literary Reviewer, The author was invited to hold a book signing event at the prestigious Foyles of Charring Cross and the ideas contained in the book have been noted by subsequent reviewers to have inspired other writers in the same genre.

This cross boundary nature has resulted in interesting new insights being brought into the knowledge areas - ways of thinking that have not traditionally been featured. An example is the way his understanding of cerebral hemisphericity enabled him to spot a flaw in the traditional methods of teaching accounting and the remedy thereto. The paradigm bounded nature of knowledge areas tends to blinker scholars in their endeavours to develop the knowledge, but having a foot in all the camps has served to free this writer from such limitations.

An expert on Human Memory, he hosted the Annual Great Memory Show in the 1990s, where performers would demonstrate amazing feats of memory in front of television cameras. He also invigilated in several Guinness Record attempts in the subject, many of which set new records.

The Great Memory Show ran in parallel to Tony Buzan's Mind Sports Olympiad, but not in competition. The purposes underlying both were different. The Mind Sports Olympiad was competition orientated the laudable motive being to urge better and better performance to demonstrate the potential of memory training. The real motive behind the Great Memory Show was to attract a pool of outstanding memory performers together in the same place and screen out from them subjects for memory research at London University.

Most memory research seeks out people with poor or damaged memories, but the other end of the scale is just as important, as it is by rare or extreme cases that new understanding is found. It was this end of the spectrum that the research in which Dr Marshall was involved focused. The trouble was that people with naturally superior memory quality (as opposed to trained memory quality) are as difficult to find as needles in haystacks and after searching among the various populations where they would most likely turn up - Oxbridge history scholars, taxi drivers, Mensa members - and finding very few he hit upon the idea of rather than looking for them let them look for us. And that was the motive behind The Great Memory Show. Memory performers would get their day of fame and the research project would get its data.

This was also the real motive behind Dr Marshall's involvement in Guinness Record attempts in the subject. It often screened out people with outstanding natural memory quality, such as Chreighton Carvello, who, in an event invigilated by Dr Marshall, in Notting Hill in 2003, set a record for recalling 19 digits after 1 second exposure. These were the people Dr Marshall needed in his research.

Gifted Children
Dr Marshall's Doctoral thesis was on the psychological development of gifted children growing up - their experiences, their education and their problems. It is still, to this day, the most comprehensive and rigorous study on the subject.

In November 1988 he was appointed Research Director for The Mensa Foundation for Gifted Children, a position that he held for several years until being succeeded in office by Carol Voderman.

In this regard he has acted as consultant to Local authorites, such as Cumbria County Council and Blackburn, Hyndurn and Ribble Valley Health Authority and Schools such as Thorncliffe Grammar in Barrow in Furness. His common sense, hard facts or nothing, approach, which perhaps owes something to having one foot in the world of accountancy, has led him to debunk some of the myths about the experiences of gifted children and fostered a sensible approach to the subject, putting the child's welfare and happiness first.

Dr Marshall is also an accomplished hypnotist and psychotherapist and the former Principal of The London School of Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy. Hypnotherapy is about making new memories albeit of a special kind and his expertise in this subject has played a useful role in understanding and practicing this craft. In the 1990s Peter, who owns the domain name harleystreethypnotist, played a significant part in the national drive to help people quit smoking by a nationwide, mass hypnosis tour.

Dr Marshall is also a graduate in accountancy and law and has been writing textbooks on accounting since 1989. His most popular book is now in its 9th edition and is the favourite of both of the professional institutes, who recommend it for students and practitioners. You only have to look on the Bookkeepers Forum website to see this for yourselves and the crest, accreditations and endorsements on the top of the books say it all. What better recommendation can you have than that? ( for more details)

Dr Marshall, an Irish national, has travelled extensively and lived in various countries and was also Foreign Correspondent for The Daily Mail for a while. He now shares his time between his homes in Spain and Croatia.

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'This book has been planned to cover the requirements of all the major examining boards' syllabuses and achieves all it sets out to do.' Focus on Business Education '...a useful approach to the teaching and learning of book-keeping skills...[and] a valuable reference source for revision.' --Teeline

'This book has great potential value.' --Educational Equipment Magazine

- presented in a clear and logical manner - written in plain English' --Learning Resources News

'This book has great potential value.' --Educational Equipment Magazine

- presented in a clear and logical manner - written in plain English' --Learning Resources News

'This book has great potential value.' --Educational Equipment Magazine

- presented in a clear and logical manner - written in plain English' --Learning Resources News

'This book has great potential value.' --Educational Equipment Magazine

- presented in a clear and logical manner - written in plain English' --Learning Resources News

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mastering book-keeping Marshall 20 Feb 2012
I have a 3rd level education in engineering and having done my own bookkeeping for the last 20 years. I have presented my accountant with my figures for all of that time, including ledgers. This book skims the concept of double entry too quickly for me and charges towards test pages too quickly. Fundamentally the text is sound but as a tool to provide me with a path to an Icb qualification, I find it flawed.
I now feel that I am going to have to pay for an online course, unfortunately!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A dated and uninformative approach 29 Jan 2007
A typical explanation taken from this book starts "Take a sheet of A4 paper and write the date in one corner. Add a second column and write the persons name. Then add the amount..."

It's not so much an introduction to accounting, as primer for people who need to write detailed accounts without the benefit of a computer. It glosses over important concepts such as balance sheets and double-entry, yet has great detail on the book layout of types of accounts. As such, it's a fairly dated approach, which doesn't offer much of an insight to the principles and practice of business accounting.

Accounts Demystified by Anthony Rice is a much better (and more up to date) book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that lives up to its reputation 30 Nov 2010
The review reproduced below is from a recent edition of FAMILY FRIENDLY WORKING.

Book Review: Mastering Bookkeeping by Dr Peter Marshall

"...this is a genuine attempt to be a complete guide to teaching students how to be skilled in the art of bookkeeping.Within this book which is an accredited textbook of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, there are two distinct halves. The first half is the practical teaching - showing the document flow between two businesses that trade together, how and why double entry bookkeeping is done and dealing with such things as bad debt, reconciliation and compiling revenue accounts. This is not the end of the guidance that this book provides, but there are too many sections to describe here. I am a novice when it comes to issues of finance, and I would be confident in this book providing the answers that I need in order to keep the books balanced in any business I was running.

The second, just as valuable section is towards the end of the book. This section is simply a selection of examination papers with sample model answers for the ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers), IAB (International Association of Book-keepers) as well as for OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations UK awarding body) providing GCSE's and AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) National Vocational Qualifications.

Overall this is a book that needs to be on your shelf if you are serious about becoming qualified in bookkeeping. Even if this is something that you're not interested in, this book will be essential to your business before very long."

Total Marks: 5/5

Book Title: Mastering Bookkeeping by Dr Peter Marshall

Reviewed by: Will Roney

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant study aid 12 July 2013
By malika
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I decided to do a book-keeping course even though I don't work in that field and found this book to be so informative, easy to understand and use. It also has past exam questions in the back so that you can practice which really helped.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a book 17 Mar 2013
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Just started doing a bookkeeping course with the Open University and bought this book to go alongside it - really good book and can I just say when you get it don't get overwhelemed by it just take your time and work through it at your own pace and don't jump chapters. Otherwise recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars The must have book 5 Dec 2012
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If you are learning bookkeeping and want to become a bookkeeper, and need more things explained without any confusing waffle then is your bible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful 24 Sep 2012
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I have found this really very helpful, detailed, pretty comprehensive I think, volume of the basics of bookkeeping. For me it has filled in where my distance learning course didn't quite say everything; or at least to provide a very helpful sound book to give a different slant, fill in any gaps, give a bit more detail.A fair chunk is given over to example exam questions from the different boards. These give a taster, but it is only one example examination for each exam. So if you feel that you want more practice than one set of questions.....But for me the value of the text was/is quite sufficient and one can get further example exams from other sources if wanted/needed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK for exams but? 13 Feb 2014
By H P
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Very much geared to exams rather than someone who wants to master book-keeping. Some of the methods seen rather old-fashioned and not sufficiently in the computer age.
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