Connell Guides concise guides to the best critical insights on classic novels, plays and poems

"There's now not a journey I make without taking with me one of the Connell Guides." Joanna Lumley

At last, truly understand the great works of literature

What they say about our books

 Clear, elegant, authoritative guides - worthy of the great masterpieces they analyse.

Robert Harris

Romeo and Juliet is as inspiring to read as it is to watch. This guide illuminates the text without losing any of the passion and is essential reading for all Shakespeare students.

Dame Judi Dench

The Connell Guides are brief, attractive, erudite, and to the point. Bravo!

Tom Stoppard

They are wonderfully clear, so I suppose most schools will ban them


 If you are new to Shakespeare, or simply want to know more, then this is the perfect guide for you.

Simon Russell Beale

If you want to understand Shakespeare, these guides are perfect.

Rupert Everett

 I am an instant fan – they are critically astute and interesting: a joy to read. It is terrific to have in one book so much material I have painstakingly assembled over years of teaching.

Head of Sixth Form and Enrichment Head of English

 As with The Week, Connell has the gift of making the daunting and overwhelming accessible and digestible. Yippee!

Helena Bonham Carter

I despaired of using study guides in the past but the Connell Guides have changed my mind!

Maz Campbell

I only wish an accessible and insightful guide like this had been available to me as a teenager. 

Sir Max Hastings

I think this is a wonderful and useful series and I highly recommend it.

Claire Tomalin

 A perfectly concise, read-in-a-single-sitting guide to this tragic masterpiece.

Richard E. Grant

 This is a subtle and intelligent guide to Conrad's most well-known, most controversial and most mysterious work. If you're going up-river with Marlow, this is the book to take with you.

Philip Pullman

They look absolutely great and seem to hit the right academic pitch.

R. Irwin, Head of English

 We found them very useful indeed. They are important resources for our Upper Sixth students (in particular) and I haven’t come across any other books that meet this need in quite such a useful way.

Mr Chris Green, Head of English

 Clear, concise, eloquent and well argued, I only wish I'd had this guide when I was still a student. 

David Nicholls

The perfect introduction to The Tempest.

Sir Peter Hall

 These guides are completely brilliant. They are a joy to read.

Joanna Lumley

 What fantastic guides these are - I wish I'd had them when I was eighteen.

Emma Thompson

 This book is indispensable for any fan of Gatsby. I loved it!

Bryan Ferry

 I think these guides are a very exciting way to encourage people to read great novels, plays and poems.

Melvyn Bragg