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Edexcel (A) Advanced Geography Textbook
Edexcel (A) Advanced Geography Textbook
by Andy Palmer
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last a text book for the Edexcel A Geography syllabus, 24 Nov 2005
Finally someone has published a textbook for the Edexcel (A) Geography syllabus- it has been a long time coming.

This book covers the whole syllabus including AS and A2. It contains 17 chapters which cover the entire syllabus from Unit 1 (physical environments) through to Unit 6 (synoptic). It features chapters on the 3a & 3b personal enquiry & applied geographical skills exam. Included at the end of each unit chapter is a section covering the synoptic link element of the syllabus e.g. for the fluvial environments chapter the book covers the management issues of groundwater and river water supply and how management varies between MEDC's and LEDC's. This is illustrated using case studies about the Mekong River, China and the Colorado River, USA.
Every few pages it contains examiners hints and tips as well as advice on what the examiners are looking for in answers. This works well to focus students learning. As a teacher this book will greatly reduce my preparation time as it contains all the relevant case studies needed to access the highest grades. A few of the case studies are rather brief but they are ones that can easily be sourced elsewhere. Most of the case studies are concise enough for students to learn easily yet factual enough to access the higher grades.
I would have liked to see more pictures in the book, as the pages of close text might be a bit intimidating for some students. The text might be a bit inaccessible for low attaining students. However the pictures and diagrams that are present are helpful in illustrating key points.
The end of each chapter contains exam style questions with a relevant mark scheme. However the student questions within the book are few and far between. The book would benefit from having more noting activities and more questions to test students understanding as they work their way through the text.
Overall the book is excellent value for money and should form the core textbook of any Edexcel (A) Geography course. Students who use this book as a guide and take heed of the exam hints and tips can't go wrong. Teachers will find it makes life easier and focuses student learning.

The Bar Sinister: Pride and Prejudice Continues...
The Bar Sinister: Pride and Prejudice Continues...
by Linda Berdoll
Edition: Paperback

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! If you loved the BBC drama you�ll love this!, 26 Feb 2005
After studying Pride and Prejudice at school I avidly watched the BBC adaptation. This sequel is unashamedly for those who were hooked on the BBC series (Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle striking sparks off each other- need I say more!).
Life after the wedding is revealed (starting with the wedding night) in all it's carnal glory (I'm sure I'm not the only one who wondered what would go on behind closed doors in the Darcy household!). The book is risqué by Austen's standards but its mild compared to modern fiction. It's not the explicitness of the sexual scenes that's intriguing but the fact that Darcy (in all his fastidiousness) and Elizabeth are doing them that's so risqué.
The plot is intriguing and ingeniously written with several tales weaving seamlessly together. But what I loved most about the book was its sheer range: from comically farcical (Mr. Collins thrown from his pony! whilst riding to hounds!) to deeply moving (the drifting apart of the couple after the loss of Elizabeth's baby) all whilst remaining credible with the characters remaining true to form.
Yes, it had a ridiculous amount of typo errors with names spelt wrong and the occasional nonsensical sentence but that can't take away from the sheer brilliance of this book. For any Jane Austin lover you'll just have to purchase the book and see for yourself if it's the best sequel ever or spurious rubbish! But when all's said and done, this book certainly stirs the emotions.

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