Accessible, engaging, and concise study guides, written by academics at the top of their field.

In 2010 Jolyon Connell, founder of popular current affairs magazines The Week and MoneyWeek, tried to help his daughter Flora with her A-level English text for The Tempest, and was astonished by the lack of accessible, up-to-date guides that would help him (and Flora) understand the finer points of the play. Adapting the principles of The Week to English texts, Jolyon commissioned experts in various literary fields to write guide books to great novels, poems and plays on the main English syllabuses.

Each book brings to life a single work of literature and provides an intelligent, illuminating discussion by an academic or critic at the very top of his or her field; writers with passion and something to say. Connell Guides put forward, clearly and concisely, an authoritative and compelling interpretation of what a work is about; what it tells us about the world and human nature, and why it has endured.

Bringing literature to life

Our books tell you what the most interesting critics have said about great novels, plays and poems, providing an intelligent and informative discussion of the text.

Great reads in their own right

Scholarly, yet approachable and entertaining - our history guides provide illuminating discourse on key figures, periods, and historical events.

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