Endorsements

“What I love about these is that they’re small & unintimidating, so they make the potentially intimidating accessible” 
Helena Bonham Carter

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“Clear, elegant and authoritative guides – worthy of the great masterpieces they analyse.”
Robert Harris

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“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 

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“The perfect introduction to The Tempest.”
Sir Peter Hall, Founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company

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“The Connell Guides are brief, attractive, erudite, and to the point. Bravo!”
Sir Tom Stoppard 

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“Completely brilliant. I wish I were young again with these by my side. It’s like being in a room with marvellous tutors. You can’t really afford to be without them, and they are a joy to read.” 
Joanna Lumley 

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Connell Guides should be required reading in every school in the country.”
Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey

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“If you want to understand great literature, these guides are perfect.”
Rupert Everett

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What fantastic guides these are – I wish I’d had them when I was eighteen.”
Emma Thompson 

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“Subtle and intelligent.”
Philip Pullman

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“This book is indispensable for any fan of Gatsby. I loved it!”
Bryan Ferry

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“I think this is a wonderful and useful series and I highly recommend it.”
Claire Tomalin

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A perfectly concise, read-in-a-single-sitting guide to this tragic masterpiece. 
Richard E. Grant (on The Connell Guide to King Lear)

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“Any modern student bold enough to tackle George Eliot’s great Middlemarch would find this a useful companion.” 
Sebastian Faulks

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“Brilliantly insightful, witty and wide-ranging, this is an indispensable guide to a classic novel.”
William Boyd (on The Connell Guide to The Great Gatsby)

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

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

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"The Connell Guide to Great Expectations blows every other guide out of the water. I read it and at last understood how to tie together close text analysis with critics and context. I went on to get full marks in the A-level exam which I would say owe squarely to my trusty guide."
Claudia Cockerell, A Level student, Latymer College
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“What Connell Guides do is bring immediacy and clarity: brevity with depth. They unlock the complex and offer students an entry route.” 
Colin Hall, Head of Holland Park School 
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“Really useful, concise notes on the play. Fantastic for A level preparation as it gives an overview of the play as well as lots of insightful interpretations on characters and lots of contextual information. A quick read and a fantastic way to revise the play quickly. Not too complex, so a relaxing read too!” 
A Level student
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“For years I’ve struggled to find a way to help students understand set texts and what critics say about them. I genuinely think Connell Guides solve the problem.”
James Wilton, Head of English, Repton School
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“I think these guides are incredibly useful – I really like the format, which makes sure every idea is clear and easy to learn.” 
Tamara Prenn, A Level Student
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“These guides are an invaluable resource for both teachers and students as they provide a range of authoritative critical perspectives which a stimulating and enjoyable to read. They provide an experience of critical reading which is both refreshing and illuminating.”
Henry Jeckel, English Teacher, Dame Alice Owen School
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“This guide was so helpful for my revision, its easy to understand, and the poetic language made it a unique read.”
Saba Sams, A Level Student
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"Absolutely superb, really helpful for students and the subscription is a very good resource. And I love the Ten facts - they can be so random!"
Teresa Cheyne, Newstead Wood School
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"A pocket-sized cornucopia of literary secrets with beautiful illustrations.” 
Isabella McDonnell, A Level Student
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I despaired of using study guides in the past but the Connell Guides have managed to present dense and complex texts in simple language. They simplify an enormous amount of work for the teachers as everything is there to draw from in easy to read bitesize chunks.”
Maz Campbell, English and Drama teacher, Elizabeth College, Guernsey
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“The exact requirements for our A level specification.”
Joan Veale, Head of English, Torquay Boys’ Grammar School
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“Exceptionally well written, genuinely illuminating without sacrificing complexity to clarity, and beautifully produced.” 
Kiernan Ryan, Professor of English Language and Literature, University of London
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“Original and clear with lots of very helpful resources for teachers.”
Rose Fletcher, Wilson’s School
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"These guides are a godsend. I'm so glad I found them."
Jessica Enthoven, A Level student, St Mary's Calne.
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