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on 25 November 2013
As someone who hasn't studied maths purely on it's own for 16 years and having tried a few other maths A-level books, in my opinion this is the best.
The authors take time to explain what is going on and the exercises allow you to steadily build confidence. Topics are covered logically, with knowledge from previous sections building together to inform the later sections. However, if you just want to jump in to a section and are reasonably familiar with the relevant concepts this is also possible.
On the Nelson Thornes website there is a list of specifications for AQA, Edexecl and OCR and how the book 'maps' on to those topics/modules. Be aware that this book just covers the core sections of A-level maths, it doesn't for instance cover mechanics or statistics, although if it did the book would be enormous!
Whilst this book is perhaps slightly more expensive that other core books available, to my mind it is worth it. For one the breadth is impressive, so your not having to buy multiple core texts. Secondly, as the topics are dealt with so well, you can use this single text rather than having to rely on explanations in different textbooks and having to cross reference the explanations to pick out the best.
This book is excellent for both A-level students, as long as you remember this just covers the core text, and for those wishing to learn A-level maths with little or no support or tuition.