Textbook on Criminal Law Paperback – 19 Jul 2007
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This book is extremely thorough and covers all the relevant subjects for the study of criminal law in admirable detail. One could therefore be confident as a student that purchasing the book would equip you for all eventualities. Diana Bretherick, British Society of Criminology Newsletter 2006 - on a previous edition
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Michael Allen is a Commissioner at the Criminal Cases Review Commission and was formerly Professor of Law at Newcastle Law School. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book is highly recommended to those studying Criminal Law - I used an earlier edition during my first year at university and found it very easy to read and follow. You do not feel, for this straightforward style, that you are missing out on the detail - the author's coverage of the key cases is really superb - and this is a subject where you will need to know those cases! There is no needless waffle here - just the principles you need to understand to do well.
However this is not my biggest criticism, as law students we are forced to read 19th century judgements on a fairly regualar basis. I think its fair to say we're no strangers to the heavy stuff. What i really don't like about this book, intended largely for undergraduates is how unbalanced it is, the authors own personal views (legitimate ones, i greatly respect allen as a barrister)come out too often and in too much length. Undergrad textbooks are about the current position of the law first and foremost, it is completely neccessary to point out shortcomings but balance remains essential, it has sadly been lost in this text. read his articles, i thoroughly recommended them but stick to smith and hogan for the substantive stuff, its twice the length and feels like half the read.I don't like the referencing either.
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