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William Shakespeare, dad of three, knew a few things about parenting – and there is nothing better than a Shakespeare quote when it comes to having the last word with your kids. The ideal gift for new parents, grandparents, parents-to-be...

Forget Super Nanny and the naughty step – Shakespeare's Guide to Parenting is the perfect pick-me-up for every parent or parent to be, helping mums and dads know exactly what to say, in every parenting eventuality.

Sometimes, being a parent can leave you lost for words. So, who other to turn to than father of three William Shakespeare for the perfect response to all these parenting dilemmas, and more. This witty and erudite guide is a handy collection of wisdom, cunningly extracted from Shakespeare’s best-loved plays, and hilariously illustrated by James Andrews. From King Lear to Cleopatra, from Lady Macbeth to Juliet: Shakespeare proves, once again, that he is (as he said himself!) the font of all wisdom, including raising children.


Witty and hilariously illustrated enlightenment from an unexpected, yet undeniably erudite source


Why not skip "The Happiest Toddler on the Block" and give that harried parent in your life a book that might actually stir up some laughs? Shakespeare’s curated advice is hilariously apt, particularly for the parent with a dramatic flair ... For a man with no kids of his own, Andrews has attained an admirable degree of wisdom about family dynamics.

Ron Charles, Washington Post

I’ve just been sent a new book that’s made me laugh out loud more than once as I’ve browsed through its pages: James Andrew’s Shakespeare’s Guide to Parenting. If you’re looking for a gift for a new parent, take a look at this delightful little book

The Shakespeare Blog

Humorous, illustrated compilation of parenting wisdom from the Bard… I love it


the bard has the right epithet for most situations, so why not parenting?

Families South East

The perfect gift for any long-suffering parent


This witty and erudeite guide is a handy collection of wisdom, cunningly extracted from Shakespeare’s best-loved plays


a delightful little book which will entertain and resonate whether you are a fan of the Bard or not! [...] A must-have for all parents/parents-to-be


this short book is a great way to wind down, reflect, and chuckle. [Will] make you smile, and perhaps provide some reassurance for those days when you say to yourself in your head the line from The Tempest: “Good wombs have borne bad sons.”


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Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    November 2, 2015

    Square Peg

    160 pages

    RRP $28.00

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  • EBook


    September 10, 2015

    Vintage Digital

    160 pages

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