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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2012
A textbook is USUALLY for students learning things, for the the first time especially, because they're NOT experts and long-time financial directors/CFOs and the like? But try telling this to the authors of this particular book....

First of all there are NO solutions to the chapter exercises in the back of the book. What's up with that? This is not about cheating. It's hard to cheat with accounting for one thing, but when you do an exercise problem, you need to be able to double-check and see that you know what you're doing and this also helps you to correct silly little mistakes and helps you prevent further mistakes. You need the solutions even when you are honestly doing all of the chapter exercise problems, YES you do!

In my class, we had to rely on the patience of our teacher to upload all the solutions on the college website from the teacher's answer key that the authors provide. I mean really? The introductory book I used last year by Atrill and McLaney wasn't like that anyway, nor were a couple of other books by different authors that I'd read before.

Also during the chapters, certain scenarios were explained in the examples better than others. In Chapter 2, everything about how to report Non-Current Assets like PPE and Investment Property was explained well EXCEPT for the revaluation/revaluation reserve section which sounds to me like a very important thing to try to get in the end. THAT was from Hell....

I used a tutor a couple of times while I was still using this book, and at first he challenged me by saying something like this textbook was 'the best on the market for explaining financial reporting and the clearest' regarding UK accounting methods anyway. And then a week later he said that he went through it and he found things that were unclear to read through and such, and he's been an accountant for most of his career.

So to this particular book I say a big 'Whatever!'. Students in my class and my teacher said that they saw typos, including some calculation typos in this book. I hope that these mistakes will go over well when I apply this whole thing in real life! LOL

The 'Progress Points' and a couple of other examples were a good idea, and the book breaks down and summarises the IAS rules very well but if I'm not a CFO of BP, Exxon, etc. or one of the heads at PwC, then I need more!

And again no answers in the back of this thing? What the.....?
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on 31 December 2010
Very useful for second year accountancy students, everything is explained clearly and with extensive examples. Not all material in my syllabus was covered but all the most important topics were included. Only downside I found was that no solutions are available for exercises at the end of each chapter rendering them near useless to me.. I had to make do with the in-text progress points.
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on 26 October 2012
It is a nifty piece of work, great layout, with easy text to digest. However, for those who like to study with examples, I recommend you get yourself another textbook. It does not contain the solutions in the back.
If your lecturer recommends it, I'd say buy it and get yourself a work book too!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 August 2010
This is an excellent book, ideal for students of Financial Accounting at every level, worth its weight in gold (almost, it's quite heavy). Written in clear, understandable language, each chapter/topic is divided into three parts - Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced, a unique approach that makes learning seem easy. It has sample questions and solutions at the end of each level to demonstrate the information described and regular progress points throughout the text to sum up what's been learned so far. Every accounting student should have a copy. It could also be a useful reference book for professionals.
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on 7 February 2012
I am very satisfied with this product. It was exactly as described by the user and it arrived promptly. Well packaged and no inconvenience whatsoever. Definitely recommend it!
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on 9 October 2014
Item as described, speedy delivery, no issues.
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