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: SHAKESPEARE’S SONNETS AND POEMS: A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION

    Book Review: SHAKESPEARE’S SONNETS AND POEMS: A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION  

    By Jonathan FS Post Published by Oxford University Press This little book, part of a huge series of Very Short Introductions, is a surprisingly detailed and scholarly starting point for anyone beginning to study Shakespeare’s non-stage work. We casually refer to Shakespeare as the “greatest poet in the English language” with some justification but, Post […]

  2. Book Review: SHAKESPEARE’S FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS

    Book Review: SHAKESPEARE’S FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS  

    By Oliver Ford Davies Published by Bloomsbury Have you ever noticed just how many apparently single parent fathers there are in Shakespeare? Prospero, Capulet, Lear, Leonato, Egeus, Shylock et al. Of course, Ford Davies has played most of them. That means that he’s worked with many interesting young female actors such as Mariah Gales who […]

  3. Book Review: HOW TO STOP TIME

    Book Review: HOW TO STOP TIME  

    By Matt Haig Published by Canongate   When I interviewed Matt Haig for September’s edition of Ink Pellet I was struck by the writer’s belief in the power of story-telling and how it can help young people understand the fragility of life. His fiction (Matt writes for both children and adults) pushes the boundary of the form […]

  4. Book Review: No Shame

    Book Review: No Shame  

    By Anne Cassidy Published by Hot Key Books The powerful companion to No Virgin, from the author of the critically acclaimed Looking for JJ, shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 2004 and the Carnegie Medal in 2005. 17-year-old Stacey Woods has been raped and now she has to go through a different ordeal – the […]

  5. Book Review: Blue Stockings

    Book Review: Blue Stockings  

    By Jessica Swale and Lois Jeary Published by NHB Blue Stockings, which premiered to a lot of praise at The Globe in 2013, was director Jessica Swale’s first play. It details and explores the experience of four fictional young women who went up to Girton College, Cambridge in the 1890s. This was decades before women […]

  6. Book Review: Great Shakespeare Actors

     

    By Stanley Wells Published by Oxford University Press Subtitled “from Burbage to Branagh” this book – which manages to be both scholarly and entertaining – introduces us to the finest exponents of Shakespeare across four centuries. I agree with Roy Hattersley that the ever-prolific Stanley Wells is certainly “our greatest authority on Shakespeare’s life and […]

  7. Into film festival

    Into film festival  

    Inspire your students through film at the Into Film Festival, 8th – 24th November 2017

  8. 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 […]

  9. 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 […]

  10. 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 […]