Planet Property Paperback – 1 Dec 2013
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About the Author
Peter Bill is a columnist for the London Evening Standard and Estates Gazette. He was editor of Building magazine for seven years and Estates Gazette for 11 years. He has won many awards for his writing.
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The book is a cracking good read. Even more so when you know some of the characters involved. Interspersed with the narrative are many of Peter Bill's Estates Gazette leaders which, seen in context and especially with the advantage of hindsight, are in many cases particularly prescient and give a real insight into sentiment in the sector at the time. Peter charts the build-up to the biggest property crash in history
Insights and information
Planet Property contains a wealth of insights and information for real estate aficionados including an invaluable breakdown by Tony Key of Cass Business School of the UK's £385 billion commercial property. One chapter is devoted to `politics, planning and taxes' and gives a most illuminating overview of the machinations of government. It makes you wonder how anything actually happens. There is so much more packed into Planet Property so get your copy and start reading.
Peter Bill's unerring journalistic eye and ear have captured the key events of the boom, bust and recovery and especially many of the characters involved.
It is a book you won't want to put down and it's a must-read for anyone seeking the essence of the UK real estate scene over the past 15 years.
The book is perhaps too niche to appeal to anyone outside the real estate industry or real estate undergraduate students. But, working in the industry, I considered it a must read and pre-ordered a copy and was looking forward to its arrival.
In a sentence, I was disappointed. The book is underwhelming from almost the off. The format does not help, as it has a strange and quite disjointed mix of period press cutting from Estates Gazette and commentary from, in reality, a very small, quite predicable and repetitive roll call of industry players.
It's not the easiest book to read as it really drags in parts and is quite lumpy. However, its worse crime though is that it is very lightweight. Look upon it as the Jilly Cooper lite of property books and you will not be disappointed.....!
Planet Property suffers from a lack of any real insight in the industry. This is perhaps not surprising as it is written by a journalist whose understanding of the sector is shaped by what people with a very vested interest have told then, largely on its social circuit, rather than being based on any substantive practical industry experience.
Planet Property is consistently poor in detail and manages to very superficially skate over lots of key issues and events.Read more ›
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A well written, succinct and accurate overview of the UK commercial property market. Essential reading for anyone interested in this as a career, or broadly for their own... Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2014 by Charlie Beamish
What a cracking book! A must read for anyone starting out on a career in commercial property. Explains how the industry works, who's who and the story of the last great property... Read morePublished on 21 Dec. 2013 by David Sleath