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Quite good - but there are better books out there
on 30 July 2013
It is certainly a well researched book, no argument - with newspaper quotes from previous years and masses of interviewed people to draw on. However, there is an edge to the writing style which I personally did not find too appealing, it was quite cynical in places - particularly when discussing those from top schools rather than state comprehensives. By the time I had finished it, I had really heard too much of the authors opinions of how government policy needs to change in respect to the admissions process - not at all what I wanted from the book. In saying that, there are some VERY useful tips peppered through it, so stick with it put the political views to one side and get your highlighter pen out. As another reviewer has mentioned there are quite a few typos in the book, which you would have expected to be ironed out by now considering there have been a few editions since the original 2003 publication. Out of interest, at the same time, I also purchased three other books from Amazon :- "So you want to go to Oxbridge - Tell me about a banana" , "How to get into Oxbridge" by Dr Christopher See , and "Getting into Oxford & Cambridge" by Jenny Blaiklock. To be honest, I enjoyed this Elfi Pallis book least ! In my opinion the Christopher See one was of the most value - seemed to have the 'insiders view' I was looking for, although the Jenny Blaiklock book was very close behind. (The Banana book had a really good Oxbridge Graduates' summary of each college to allow comparisons ). So in summary, if you are interested in how the admissions process has evolved over the decades, and how the author hopes it will develop in the future, then this is a perfect book for you - but, if you want tips and advice for your application in the next year or two maybe better to shop around (or buy others besides this as I did).