Useful Books & Resources
Whilst books and computer-based resources are no substitute for
Mandarin classes there are books that can support your studies.
Here are some good books you might be interested in.
Talk Mandarin Today
250 Essential Chinese Characters
Chinese in a Flash
A good dictionary is always
useful, one of the better being The Oxford Starter Chinese Dictionary
which can be obtained from Amazon:
Oxford Starter Chinese Dictionary
Here are some good websites if you can access the Internet.
Chinese Lessons - Mandarin