2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2005
It got me through my undergraduate contract coursework - it's now 06.57 on the 29th of December 2005 and I have just finished. Thank you Mr Turner for an invaluable book, very easy and simple to read and understand, I would reccommend to all who are finding contract not as exciting as they thought it would be. I never thought a subject as dull as intention to create legal relations would actually be a topic for coursework lol
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 25 August 2007
This is one of a rash of law-for-dunces type books (not usually called that!) written by lecturers at ex-polytechnics.
The book purports to make contract law accessible and to present it clearly, and it certainly is law-lite and very easy going indeed. However, it suffers from a failing that seems to be on the increase in books of this type: it is full of errors. I don't mean complex, arguable questions about the true interpretation of a rule, or whether a case was wrongly decided; I mean simple stuff that you can't argue about - completely wrong facts given for cases, incorrect accounts of what the judges decided... You might as well ask another 1st year law student, picked at random from the college bar, as rely on this book.
There is no easy route to knowledge and understanding of the law of contract, or any other field of learning - the easier a book seems, the more likely that it is misleading. The least damage you can expect from this type of book is that it gets it wrong through over-simplification - but more and more of them, like this one, get basic factual stuff wrong, too.
Save your money and spend it on a decent book like Cheshire, Fifoot & Furmston, Anson, or Treitel. If you find the big ones too hard then either: (a) consider whether law is really for you or if you might not be better off switching to something a bit easier like business studies, media studies or hospitality, say; or (b) at least buy a decent, intermediate, book by someone with a scholarly reputation to protect, like McKendrick or Poole. In any case, you'd do far better to spend your money on beer than on this book.