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"Itís a modern, updated and most importantly, immediately accesible way to disseminate the bardís works to a younger generation. Hopefully we have teachers across the land adopting these texts to hook our children into something truly wonderful. Iíd love to hear from anyone out there who has used them, or anything similar in the classroom, since I really feel they could prove an incredible asset to learning. And anything that encourages reading of some of the greatest works of literature is to be applauded and encouraged."

Forbidden Planet Blog (October 2009)

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One of Shakespeare's greatest and, in recent times, most controversial plays, The Merchant of Venice, was classified as a comedy in the first edition of his collected works. After borrowing a large sum of money from the Jewish money-lender Shylock, the merchant Antonio faces a devastating creditcrunch when his fleet of ships is sunk in a storm: Shylock insists on the small print of his terms and conditions, seeking a literal “pound of flesh”.


Faye Yong - A former pianist left Malaysia to pursue an Illustration degree in the UK. Faye has a weakness for shoujo manga and anything with a happy ending and is on a lifelong quest to improve her artistic & storytelling skills. Her main influences and inspirations include Japanese manga, fashion & fabulous looking people. She works primarily with Photoshop, Manga Studio, Illustrator and her Intuos tablet.

Faye placed third in the hotly contested Rising Stars of Manga UK & Ireland 3 in 2008 & won the People's Choice Award in the same year.

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Series title:
Manga Shakespeare
Book title:
The Merchant of Venice
Original author:
William Shakespeare
Adapted by:
Richard Appignanesi
Illustrated by:
Faye Yong

UK Publication date:
September 2009
148 x 210mm
Black & white,
9-page colour section
Manga / Graphic Novels
/ Shakespeare / Children