NO FEAR SHAKESPEARE: Perfect for the Reluctant Reader

by |December 18, 2009

No Fear HamletOf all the writers in history why should posterity proclaim Shakespeare the greatest?

What kind of example to students is he? The dude can’t even spell!

Why not choose Matthew Reilly – that guy can write!

Why must it be Shakespeare? He makes no sense, no sense at all.

“To be or not to be, that is the question…” Hamlet.

Huh? To be what?

To be or not to be a pro surfer, that’d make sense. To be or not to be a ninja, there you go. But just to be or not to be… by itself… it just looks like the guy lacks ambition…

No Fear Romeo and JulietHow about this from Romeo and Juliet?

If I profane with my unworthiest hand
This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this:
My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand
To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.


Posterity has spoken, however, Shakespeare is the greatest – the world’s students must learn to agree.

But there is help to hand:

The NO FEAR SHAKESPEARE series are individual plays by Shakespeare in full but with a difference – on one page we find Shakespeare’s Gobbledygook, while on the next page we find the Gobbledygook translated into Plain English.


Never again shall students have to sit with eyes glazed whilst their teacher murders the sacred text with their best imitation of Lawrence Olivier (who?).

Now they’ll be doing the teaching.

Visit our Shakespeare Author Page – A Page Devoted to the Bard…

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While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. ​Now, as the Director of Books at, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.

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