“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
The Connell Guides website is unique. It offers an unrivalled selection of literary criticism and ideas.
Nowhere else will you find the views of so many leading critics on great novels, plays and poetry.
And now we’ve made it possible to have access to all this…
So if you are a student, or have a son or daughter studying English, or are simply a literature lover, then why not sign up?
Our site features more than 50 e-books, a dozen literary briefings, 20-odd videos of academics, actors and authors talking about books, and dozens of short articles and blogs.
Anyone studying literature, or seeking to understand great books, will benefit enormously from having access to our material.
And we are constantly adding to it – new books, new briefings, new blogs. As from September we will be featuring a regular critical analysis slot featuring a poem or text of the week.
That is why we are now making it possible to subscribe to Connell Guides.
For just £25 per year we will offer you:
· access to our entire digital archive and all the new material we add to it during the year
· the chance to buy any of our guides in printed form at half price
· an email alert service which will tell you when we post new material and when we publish new guides
· a free guide of your choice when you become a subscriber. Just choose any title from our extensive list.
As a subscriber you will be able to read what the best literary critics past and present think about important texts. Critical insights and quotes which would take you hundreds of hours to find and assemble yourself are here, on our website, in a concise, accessible form.
Our writers have been chosen because they are experts in their field. They include well-known critics like Graham Bradshaw, author of Shakespeare’s Scepticism, John Carey, lead book reviewer of The Sunday Times, and Janet Todd, author of The Cambridge Guide to Jane Austen.
So sign up today and take advantage of this unrivalled collection of literary criticism and thought.
“I have to hand it to you, these guides are extremely impressive in every respect. Exceptionally well-written, genuinely illuminating without sacrificing complexity to clarity, and beautifully produced.”
Professor Kiernan Ryan
“I feel that I ought to disapprove of these short condensed guides: can’t students just read all the critics for themselves? But actually this wasn’t just a list of what people had said about Tess of the d’Urbervilles: it was a highly thought-through synthesis. So I actually think that, quite apart from providing informed background to the books in question, these guides are perfect examples about what it means to create a coherent narrative from different opinions. If we tell our students that what literature does is make people interpret, then getting them to see at one go how different people have done this and what sort of a picture this gives overall seems to me an exceptionally useful exercise. I’m very impressed.”
Professor Jean Boase-Beier, University of East Anglia
“If you know anyone who is revising for English AS or A level or a university English degree, the perfect present is waiting for him or her: a Connell Guide or two, on the set texts being studied. Pocket-sized and elegantly produced, these highly readable guides are a delight to devour even if you’re not revising. These guides relate literature closely to real life in a way that will resonate with teenagers. They are concisely and vigorously written, often by university professors who really know their stuff. Not a word is wasted. But they’re approachable, too. Almost every sentence is quotable for use in an essay: one can all but see the double-ticks in the margin.”
Ysenda Maxton Grahame, writing in Country Life
We are offering the same benefits to all our subscribers, and at the same price.
But to sign up please choose from one of the three following options below. The type of subscription you choose will help us in identifying the material which will interest you most, and alerting you to it.
A student subscription to Connell Guides
The easiest, most enjoyable way, to learn what great critics think about important texts
If you would like to take out a student subscription please fill in the form below.
For just £25 a year we’ll give you access to all our online material
In case you miss anything, our special email alert service will tell you when we post new material and when we publish new guides
We will also give you, as a founder subscriber, a 50% discount on all the printed guides you order from us.
PLUS: we will send you one of our published guides as soon as you become a subscriber. Just choose any one title from the list (below)
As well as access to our entire library of eBooks, you will also receive 6 new eBooks throughout the year.
One of the best ways to learn close reading of a text, whether prose or poetry, is to learn from the way others do it. Once a week we will feature a poem or short passage of prose accompanied by 500-1,000 words of critical analysis. The slot will feature work by students from subscribing schools, with contributions from teachers, academics and the writers of our guides.
Our briefings on critical theory and other literary issues have proved very popular. Six new briefings will make up part of our annual subscriptions.
All subscribers receive a 15% discount on all book orders and will be invited to special Connell Guides workshops, exclusive to our subscribing schools.
Click here for full list of titles.
"I sent an email to all pupils about the guides and they flew off the shelves!"
Lucy Atherton, Librarian at Wellington College
“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