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 john@inkpellet.co.uk.

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

  1. The Lost Queen: The Life & Tragedy of the Prince Regent’s Daughter

    The Lost Queen: The Life & Tragedy of the Prince Regent’s Daughter  

    This book poses one of those intriguing “what if?” questions beloved of historians. Had, Princess Charlotte, the only legitimate daughter of the Prince Regent (later George IV) not died in childbirth in 1817, she would have become Queen. We would not have had Queen Victoria and the course of history would have looked quite different...

  2. Book Review: Run, Rebel

    Book Review: Run, Rebel  

    Amber has an abusive, drunken father and a terrified mother who works in a menial, low paid job. Neither of her illiterate parents speak English. An arranged marriage, like her sister’s, will be Amber’s future rather than the higher education she craves...

  3. THE ARTS IN PRIMARY EDUCATION

    THE ARTS IN PRIMARY EDUCATION  

    By Ghislaine KenyonPublished by Bloomsbury Arguably there should be a copy of this book on every Head Teacher’s desk. In 134 pages it sets out the case for primary school arts in an accessible, jargon-free way with lots of case studies. The first chapter details the reasons why the arts matter. The other five chapters […]

  4. SHAKESPEARE FOR EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR

    SHAKESPEARE FOR EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR  

    by Allie Esiri Publishedby Macmillan This is one of the best, most uplifting non-fiction books I’ve seen for many months. Following the format of her earlier A Poem for Every Day of the Year and A Poem for Every Night of the Year, Allie Esiri provides an extract of Shakespeare, preceded by a succinct, upbeat […]

  5. SO YOU WANT TO ACT ON SCREEN

    SO YOU WANT TO ACT ON SCREEN  

    By Michael BrayPublished by Nick Hern Books Yet another good title in NHB’s So you want to … series, this book will help fill in gaps for students who think their training is selling them short. It would also be a good basic introduction for any student or actor just embarking on screen actor training. […]

  6. Book Review – Testaments

    Book Review – Testaments  

    By Margaret AttwoodPublished by Penguin Since its publication in September, Margaret Attwood’s long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale has made literary history at least twice. It was the first book ever to be longlisted for the Booker prize before its publication and it was kept securely under wraps just as the later Harry Potter titles […]

  7. Book Review – The Body: A Guide for Occupants

    Book Review – The Body: A Guide for Occupants  

    By Bill BrysonPublished by Doubleday Because I did A level zoology at school along with a long defunct pre-nursing O level called Anatomy, Physiology and Hygiene – and have always avidly devoured newspaper reports of medical research and developments – I thought I had reasonable knowledge of how the human body works. Then I read […]

  8. Book Review – Playing By Ear

    Book Review – Playing By Ear  

    Published by Nick Hern Books Anyone who has ever worked with, or even met, veteran theatre director Peter Brook (see Lou Stein on p15 of this issue, for example) comments on his legendary, profoundly influential presence. That same humble, sometimes quirky, glittering charisma sings through his writing too. His latest book is a series of […]

  9. Book Review – A Beginner’s Guide to Devising Theatre

    Book Review – A Beginner’s Guide to Devising Theatre  

    By Jess Thorpe & Tashi GorePublished by Methuen Drama Theatre does not have to start with a script and a story given to the cast by someone else. Watch any group of children in a playground playing a make-believe game. The story is emerging as they play. Well slightly more formal theatre can, of course, […]

  10. Speak Up!

    Speak Up!  

    Speak Up! By Laura Coryton Published by Red Shed (Egmont)