Some will be deterred by the sheer size of this book. In length, it's comparable with other standard Land Law texts such as Kevin & Susan Gray's tome, and certainly much more detailed than introductory texts like Cursley & Green's Land Law (Palgrave Law Masters). The second edition is repackaged and updated, with references in the text being to paragraph rather than page numbers. Having studied under the great man, it is apparent that Professor Sparkes brings a levity to what is traditionally a dull and turgid subject - compulsory for all undergraduate Law degrees in England and Wales. From his comments about red squirrels to his apposite use of diagrams to demonstrate the structure of trusts, overall Sparkes has written a brilliant book on Land Law - and that probably takes some doing. If students take the time to read the relevant parts, they will easily find it a useful tool in their first year studies.