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Macbeth – Microwave Shakespeare Series

Macbeth – Microwave Shakespeare Series

About the Book

Author: Barbara Catchpole & Stephen Rickard

Age Range: 11-14 Years

Publisher: Ransom Publishing

Price: £6.99

Review

Part of Ransom’s ‘Microwave Shakespeare’ series, this lively and accessible retelling of Macbeth is a brilliant introduction to the play for young people – including those who struggle with literacy (despite the relatively mature nature of the content, it’s written for a reading age of 8-9 years).

Staying impressively faithful to the plot and structure of the original text, the narrative voice is fresh, modern and colloquial; yet still includes key quotations (highlighted in italics), as well as clear analysis of themes, character, and rhetorical devices.

Most of all, though, this is a book that absolutely captures the excitement, intrigue and sheer visceral power of Shakespeare’s tragedy as performed live on stage, which is an impressive feat by anyone’s standards.

Not only will it prepare teens for GCSE study… it will ensure they start out by realising that Macbeth is, above all, one hell of a story.

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