As promised to those who were are the August meeting, here is a QAD (quick and dirty) guide to Raspberry Pi for absolute beginners.
Comments and questions are very welcome!
For a bit more in depth look at not only Python but many other aspects of the Raspberry Pi a good value book is "Raspberry Pi for Dummies". Don't be misled by the title; this is an excellent T-Exchange skill level book. RRP £18 but Amazon offering at about £10.