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English Paper Money
English Paper Money
by Vincent Duggleby
Edition: Paperback

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 8TH EDITION AND BEST TO DATE, 25 Oct. 2011
This review is from: English Paper Money (Paperback)
Each new edition of English Paper Money has been an improvement over its previous edition and this 8th edition is no exception. Now it is 336 pages (7th edition - 252 pages) and on upgraded paper that feels superior to the touch and with an abundance of excellent illustrations. This edition also now gives pricing for the banknotes over 3 condition catagories rather than the previous two which is a real improvement. Although I happily give this book a 5 star rating I do have two minor gripes - there is a 24 page section on 'Treasury Essays' placed in the main section of the book between the Bradburys and the [Warren] Fishers which given its very specialist nature would be more suited as a fine appendix. Similarly, a lot of 'White Note Prefix Information' relating primarily to obscure 19th century notes (which the typical collector will never see or buy) would also be more suited to appendix status. But these are minor gripes and the book is a most welcome update for market prices that moved significantly ahead since the 2006 edition was published.

Back from the Brink: 1,000 Days at Number 11
Back from the Brink: 1,000 Days at Number 11
by Alistair Darling
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read, 5 Oct. 2011
I've always voted Conservative and have a very low opinion of Labour politicians in general,but must admit to always having regarded Alistair Darling as a thoughtful and conscientious man. His book reinforces that opinion. The period of time this book covers will be talked about by historians for years to come. This book gives a fascinating insight into what went on during this time from a unique insider's view. It is very well written. Technical issues and concepts (eg. moral hazard) are explained for the layman yet without ever appearing to talk down to the reader. The details regarding Gordon Brown's behaviour are a bonus - highlighting how disfunctional that government was and how unsuitable GB was for the top job. Darling emerges with dignity and kudos from these most difficult circumstances.
Maybe a four and a half stars rating is deserved for this book - I can't bring myself to give five stars to any Labour politician when virtually all his collegues deserve a very long spell in opposition!

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