Book Review

Ink Pellet’s book review section covers an eclectic selection of new fiction, teachers’ guides, audio books and classics.

Many of our reviews are written by teachers, so we have an expert eye on how texts will work in the classroom. We hope to create a useful archive of reviews so that you can use this as a reference.

If you would like to join our panel of reviewers, please join in or email the editor Lesley.finlay@inkwellpress.co.uk

We hope the section inspires you to share new fiction with your pupils or to revisit old favorites yourself.

  1. Book Review: DRAMA GAMES FOR ACTORS: EXPLORING SELF, CHARACTER AND TEXT

    Book Review:  DRAMA GAMES FOR ACTORS: EXPLORING SELF, CHARACTER AND TEXT  

    by Thomasina Unsworth Published by Nick Hern Books   Thomasina Unsworth spent a decade working in theatre and television having graduated from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and now oversees Acting and Acting Musicianship courses at Rose Bruford College. She is ideally placed then, to share remedies of how to get a [...]

  2. Book Review: BALANCING ACTS: BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE NATIONAL THEATRE

    Book Review: BALANCING ACTS: BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE NATIONAL THEATRE  

    by Nicholas Hytner Publisher: Jonathan Cape Director of the National Theatre from 2003 to 2015, Nicholas Hytner arrived in post needing some commercial successes so that the NT could also stage riskier works and keep afloat even as public funding lessened. During his tenure NT produced History Boys, War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog [...]

  3. Book Review: ERAGON

    Book Review: ERAGON  

    by Christopher Paolini Published by Corgi Childrens   Eragon is a story based in a magical world full of wonder and fright. Many years ago there were people called ‘riders’ and they each had their very own dragon. However in the present day of this book, the only rider left is the king Galbatorix. The [...]

  4. Book Review: THE DIARY OF A WIMPY KID – THE LONG HAUL

    Book Review:  THE DIARY OF A WIMPY KID – THE LONG HAUL  

    by Jeff Kinney Published by Puffin   The opening of the story got me interested straightaway because it was direct and straight to the point: ‘Mum suddenly announced. Pack your bags, we’re going on a road trip’ so I was very keen to read on and find out how the road trip went. The events [...]

  5. Book Review: THE MAZE RUNNER

    Book Review: THE MAZE RUNNER  

    Book Review: THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner Published by Chicken House This book is about a boy called Thomas and how he adapts to his new surroundings in a giant maze. At the beginning, he arrives in the maze, his memory is wiped in an elevator and is thrown into the middle of the maze [...]

  6. Book Review: AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS

    Book Review:  AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS  

    by Jules Verne Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Around the World in Eighty Days is an amazing novella written by Jules Verne. The story is about Phileas Fogg – a first class Victorian man, journeying around the world with his Parisian servant. I believe the storyline is well written and one of the best I [...]

  7. Book Review: ALL CHANGE PLEASE: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO ACHIEVING GENDER EQUALITY IN THEATRE

    Book Review: ALL CHANGE PLEASE: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO ACHIEVING GENDER EQUALITY IN THEATRE  

    by Lucy Kerbel Published by Nick Hern Books Over the years, the theatre industry has often come in for criticism for its male gender bias. And while gender equality has improved in society over the last decade, Lucy Kerbel, founder and director at Tonic Theatre, and author of 100 great plays for women, suggests that [...]

  8. Book Review: The Story of Be

    Book Review: The Story of Be  

    by David Crystal Published by Oxford The verb ‘to be’ is the commonest in any language. That’s why it is invariably irregular: I am, you are, he is or je suis, tu es, il est and so on. This intriguing book, smilingly subtitled “A verb’s eye view of the English Language” examines said verb and [...]

  9. Book Review: A Dangerous Crossing

    Book Review: A Dangerous Crossing  

    by Jane Mitchell Published by Little Island, 2017 Endorsed by Amnesty International, this is – effectively – docu-fiction. Everthing in it is based on the sorts of horrifying experiences Syrian families are dealing with every day. It’s graphic beautiully imagined and works as fiction without feeling remotely “worthy”. Ghalib and his family leave their home [...]

  10. Book Review: The Voice Exercise Book

    Book Review: The Voice Exercise Book  

    by Jeannette Nelson Published by National Theatre Voice is to an actor what legs are to an Olympic runner – an essential, indispensable work tool. So if you use your voice to earn your living as actors do then you need to look after it and this book coaches the reader through how to do [...]