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Skempton biography A particle of clay - the biography of Alec Skempton, civil engineer , was published at the beginning of the year. Written by his daughter, Judith Neichcial, the book charts the life of one of the 20th century's most eminent civil engineers, including his instrumental work in the development of soil mechanics, as well as his attitudes towards work and life.

A particle of clay, Whittles Publishing, £35.

Tel: 01593 741240; email: info@whittlespublishing. com

Landslide and tunnel hazard Software for engineering control of landslide and tunnelling hazards offers software solutions to problems of hazard control of landslides in highly seismic hilly areas and tunnels in complex geological formations. Chapters on practical knowledge of both landslide and tunnelling hazards and behaviour of rock joints and rock masses are presented for realistic data input.

The book costs Eu99 (£68). Details from orders@swets. nl for Europe and info@ashgate. com for north America.

Engineering geology Key issues in earth sciences: Volume 1

Mapping in engineering geology is the latest release from the Geological Society. It is a compilation by James S Griffiths of 13 papers from the last 30 years.

The book is £27.50, £22.50 to Geological Society members.

Contact Alison Tucker, tel: 01225 445046; email: alison. tucker@geolsoc. org. uk

GE special offer

Ground Engineering readers can get £10 off the price of Design guide: soft soil stabilisation. The guide is the result of the EuroSoilStab research project, which aimed to develop design and construction methods for stabilising soft organic soils (GE May 2002).

The normal price is £45, but readers can pick it up for £35, post free.

Visit www. brebookshop. com or tel 0207 505 6622, quoting EP60.

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