The latest Special Publication from the Geological Society has a format and provenance typical for the series: a thematic collection of papers deriving from a scientific meeting. However the meeting concerned was unusual: a field workshop held in August 2001 in Somerset, England to recognize posthumously the contribution of Paul Hancock to structural geology and to the field of brittle deformation in particular. The papers are said to have derived from questions raised in the field, rather than before the meeting, a stimulus that may partly explain the longer than usual delay between conference and publication.

The twenty-one papers on...

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