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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (1 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178306126X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783061266
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.2 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Paperback
Planet Property, the eagerly anticipated exposé of the UK property industry from 1997 to 2012 by former Estates Gazette editor Peter Bill, lives up to expectations. A well-honed journalistic talent, together with a ringside seat from which to observe the inhabitants of Planet Property at close range over a key period for real estate, make for an incredibly informative and entertaining read. The experience is enhanced by the author's irrepressible humour laced with a dose of irreverence. This volume - I read it in one sitting as I couldn't put it down - should most definitely be prescribed reading for anyone involved in UK real estate.

Prescient Leaders
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.

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'Planet Property' spans a tumultuous era in UK real estate history.
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.
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As a student of planning I found this book to be an invaluable insight into a fascinating period for the property industry. I would highly recommend it to other students studying this subject area. Brilliant!
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Planet Property is written by Peter Bill, the former editor of the weekly property industry magazine, Estates Gazette. This book sets out to take the reader through the lead-up and immediate aftermath of the world economic crisis, banking collapse and recession of 2008 and its impact on the UK property industry.

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.
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