Connell Guides

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

Simon Russell Beale
  • Connell School Subscription


    Our special offer to schools comprises both printed guides and online content. The online content includes short guides to modern texts, lively critical essays and an informative fortnightly review.

  • Connell Book Club


    The Connell Book Club, which will be launched in 2014, offers those who join a unique way to learn what the best critics have said about Shakespeare’s plays, great novels and great poems.

  • Our Books


    Written by leading academics, our books are short, accessible, handsomely illustrated and beautifully designed. Each one tells you all you need to know about a literary masterpiece.

What they say about us...

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

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David Nichollson Tess of the d'Urbervilles

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

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Rupert Everett

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

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Claire Tomalin

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

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Helena Bonham Carter

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

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Bryan Ferryon The Great Gatsby

 "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."

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Mr Chris Green, Head of EnglishPerse School for Boys

 "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."

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Philip Pullman on Heart of Darkness

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

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Melvyn Bragg

 "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."

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Head of Sixth Form and Enrichment Head of EnglishLord Wandsworth School

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

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Tom Stoppard

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

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Simon Russell Beale

"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." 

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Dame Judi Denchon Romeo and Juliet

"The perfect introduction to The Tempest."

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Sir Peter Hallon The Tempest

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

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Emma Thompson

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

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Richard E. Granton King Lear