As a student I found this book really good. It is very well laid out and easy to read. It contained lots of things I thought I needed to know and it has plenty of diagrams and charts which help explain how you organise special events.
The contents of the book are in 12 chapters, the first few chapters tell you about the special events business and the rest show you how to organise and run all kinds of events, from fairs to festivals and from parties to sports competitions. The book takes you through running events step by step and is much clearer than some of the other events books we have at university, such as those by Goldblatt or Watt.
I liked this book a lot, because it is so easy to use. There are chapters on how you start to plan an event, how you do the budget, how you get things organised, how you market it, how you manage it on the day, how you get staff, and how you close it down. There are also examples of the forms and checklists you need.
The other interesting thing about this book is that it has a whole range of small case studies from all over Europe, not only the UK, but also the Netherlands, France, Germany and so on. What's good about these is that they all have suggested weblinks, so if you are interested in a particular case study you can go and look for some more information on it using the net.