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on 9 May 2015
This revision guide does contain some useful information.
However, some of the information is absolute nonsense and there are repeated misused words. For example, when speaking about the epistolary form which some chapters are written in (the chapters which are letters), the book uses the word 'epistemological' which is completely wrong and is actually to do with philosophy.
Some points in the guide make little sense and quotations do not always support the point made or are not fully explained.

However, I have found the guide useful in terms of identifying frequently used authorial methods.
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on 4 March 2014
The introduction gives a fair overview of the exam in which this text feature and the glossary of technical terms is useful.
Part of the fun of reading this book was marking the number of times I disagreed with the interpretations made. The highpoint was the section commenting on the description of Joe and Clarissa's flat in Maida Vale where the author has his narrator say 'something resembling the Queen Mary ran aground'. To Broadfoot this is further evidence that the narrator is unreliable, because he lives near a canal, far too small for an ocean going vessel! He is right to observe that this is a metaphor and it is actually about the common style that the Queen Mary and Joe's Art Deco flat in Maida Vale share. His excursus into the story of the Titanic and its final occupants going down to the strains of a Christian hymn being in some way related to Jed's religion, is frankly laughable. Perhaps Broadfoot recognises this when he admits that Joe refers to the Queen Mary, not the Titanic.
Is he taking the mick? Probably not, because he then starts to nitpick about the date of the launching of the Queen Mary in 1934: 14years too late for the 1920s when the flats were built. If MacEwan is making a point about style of architecture, not such problematic dating after all.
There is plenty more of this. Definitely not one to recommend to an A-level student.
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on 20 March 2014
I'm doing AS English literature this year and bought the book as a guide to help write some of my essays however its absolutely shocking. There are noticeable mistakes throughout the book, not a good first impression when the contents page listing the chapters misses out numbers, for example chapter 16 listed as chapter 6 and chapter 20 as chapter 10. The book provides obvious analysis which most people would be able to notice just by reading the book first time. Each chapter is basically summarised with random quotations thrown in, it contains little in depth analysis backing up it up with extremely long quotations to fill out the book. The majority of the analysis is not relevant for the Edexcel course and all in all the book is a waste of money.
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on 10 May 2014
I bought this for my son, who told me it helped him a lot. It was cheap at the price, given his exam grade. He was studying AQA, so it would recommend it for anyone else studying with that exam board.
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on 1 March 2013
I feel this product lacks the organisation and content expected by a revision guide. Waste of money in my opinion
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A very useful book for A' level or under graduates well priced and well packaged with prompt delivery.
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on 19 January 2015
Quite a few grammar mistakes throughout, but generally good to use along with other notes
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on 28 April 2015
Very helpful to my son - once he started using it.
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on 18 September 2015
Perfect for revision for A levels
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on 6 January 2016
item as expected
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