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Wasting More Police Time
Wasting More Police Time
by David Copperfield
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real eye-opener, 13 April 2012
I struggled a little to keep interested in the first book, so the style of this new one worked really well for me, a collection of short stories that you can pick up and read any time.

Some of the tales told are a real eye opener to what its really like to be on the frontline of policing in Britain. Others, particularly in the section about death were incredibly moving. It's a really entertaining and fascinating read, and one that should be read by anyone before commenting on the state of policing in the UK!

Cycling in the Peak District: Off Road Trails and Quiet Lanes
Cycling in the Peak District: Off Road Trails and Quiet Lanes
by Tom Fenton
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.26

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide for the leisure cyclist, 5 Sep 2010
Cycling in the Peak District is a guide book aimed at a more relaxed and recreational cyclist than the rest of Vertebrate Publishings wide range of guides. Both the style of the book and the routes contained within are simplified without being dumbed down, with good clear directions and simple maps. The book lives up to the high standard of design and layout set by previous guides, with an obvious attention to detail and attractive style, in both text and illustration. The book is written in an informal and relaxed tone, with the authors' passion for the area and the riding shining through.

Contained within the route guides are interesting snippets of history and information about the scenery seen on that particular ride. The routes are well graded, with information such as distance and ascent accompanied by useful facts such as local pubs and cafes. For the family rider, as well as a full section of rides particularly suited to families, many of the other routes have a small paragraph of information about the suitability of the ride for for younger riders.

Although the maps included lack the detail of some of the other guide books in the range, they are clear and easy to read for even an inexperienced map reader, and a clear list of instructions mean you should never be lost. As with all V-Publishing's books, the guide is wonderfully illustrated, with photographs capturing the true beauty of the Peak District.

Peak District Mountain Biking: Dark Peak Trails
Peak District Mountain Biking: Dark Peak Trails
by Jon Barton
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.16

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Guide For All Riders, 26 July 2010
Dark Peak Trails is a revised and updated second edition of the original True Grit Trails book from Vertebrate Publishing. As an owner of the original book, I was pleased and surprised at just how much the new book improves upon the original.

Several new routes have been added, and many of the existing routes included have been edited and rewritten, with far superior Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 mapping. The routes are now even easier to follow, and can be quickly copied into mapping software or to a GPS device. Each route has a short introduction and information about the ride, along with altitude profile graph and useful information such as local pubs and cafes. A comprehensive turn by turn guide accompanies each map, written in a clear and concise manner.

All the routes are illustrated with excellent and inspiring photography, in a well designed and attractive layout. Along with the authors clear passion for his subject, this makes the book a pleasurable read, being written in a light hearted and informal way.

The routes themselves offer a good variety of riding, from short and relatively easy Classic rides in the fantastic Dark Peak scenery, to the tough, technical Killer loops the area is famous for. The book is a valuable guide to any mountain biker, whether new to the area, or an old hand looking for new ideas.

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