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. BOOK REVIEW: HARD TO SWALLOW – EASY TO DIGEST

    BOOK REVIEW: HARD TO SWALLOW – EASY TO DIGEST  

    by Mark Wheeller, with Scheme of Work by Karen Latto. The opening epitomises just how personal and emotive Drama is an art form and the very topic of anorexia is approached with a caring and thoughtful mind-set – the very way every teacher delivering this play would need to approach it. Mark Wheeller is someone […]

  2. BOOK REVIEW: ARDEN PERFORMANCE EDITIONS

    BOOK REVIEW: ARDEN PERFORMANCE EDITIONS  

    by Abigail Rokison-Woodall Published by Bloomsbury Awarm welcome to the first three titles in a very useful series of new Shakespeare editions. If you need the finer points of editorial and academic debate Arden editions have long been the ones to turn to. But for actors and performers such editions can be cluttered and unfriendly. So […]

  3. BOOK REVIEW: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Going to the Theatre (But were too sloshed to ask, Dear)

    BOOK REVIEW: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Going to the Theatre (But were too sloshed to ask, Dear)  

    by West End Producer Published by Nick Hern Books Published late autumn this was definitely the best theatre book of 2017 and I suspect it will be unsurpassed this year too. Written in the same wickedly dead-pan tone as his earlier Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Acting (But were too sloshed to ask […]

  4. 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 […]

  5. 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 […]

  6. 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 […]

  7. 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 […]

  8. 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 […]

  9. 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 […]

  10. Into film festival

    Into film festival  

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