For centuries we’ve been quoting, misquoting, plagiarising, and routinely extracting wisdom from the Bard – from his erudite commentary and pithy ripostes on life, to his cheeky double entendres and impassioned lines of longing (the likes of which would make a blushing fool out of anybody, had they enough wit of their own).
Not much has really changed since the salad days of Shakespeare himself; his insights remain just as applicable and poignant as the moment he first inked them on paper — and the trying, tortuous realm of parenthood is no exception to the myriad stations of existence upon which good ole Wills can shed some welcome light. Or at least make more bearable with a generous dousing of snarky humour.
Satirist and cartoonist James Andrews has cunningly sampled the playwright’s most befitting snippets of brilliance, and coupled them with his signature, ridiculously simplistic, ridiculously hilarious illustrations.
The result is a collection of parental epithets, organised according to the various stages of childrearing horrors – from birth until the teen years – that will have you alternately weeping with laughter and the misery of your lot made plain.
Together, Shakespeare and Andrews attack everything from nappy changes, food resistance and public tantrums, to bordering-on-criminal unruly offspring, pubescent mood-swings and joyrides in your stolen car with side-splitting genius. And piercing accuracy — because, in the words of King Lear’s darling, undisciplinable daughter (from a story quite aptly beset by the multitude of woes procreating brings), “many a true word hath been spoken in jest”.
Shakespeare’s Guide To Parenting available HERE.