Review: Quicklook at Accountancy
Newly published book "Quicklook at Accountancy" provides a straightforward jargon-free insight into the world of accountancy.
This short but comprehensive guide is written in layman's terms without swamping the reader with excessive detail that the profession is often known for.
The book manages to consolidate the complexity that is associated with accountancy and allows readers to quickly get to grips with the basics.
The early chapters do well to define accountancy and provide a brief history of the profession from its Mesopotamia origins through to the growth of accounting in the late eighteenth century onwards.
It moves on to explain key elements of accounts, the structure of the profession and types of accountants. It also provides practical elements such as how profits and losses are calculated, balance sheet issues and potential problem areas.
The book is a decent introduction for those interested in both ends of the accounting spectrum from one man operations through to Big Four financial services firms. It is likely to be targeted towards those not already in the profession, but for those interested in persuing accounting as a career or complementing an associated role.
As a relative newcomer to accountancy I found the book a great shoehorn into understanding the fundamentals and serving as a well-rounded introduction to the profession.
At just 75 pages long, Quicklook at Accountancy is sold in ebook format - as well as in print - and is penned by chartered accountant Mark Etchells, a fellow of the ICAEW.