Coult, Tony. The Plays of Edward Bond. London: Methuen, 1978. An early and important study of Bond’s work. The book is designed as a companion critical reader to Bond’s plays, with a valuable introductory essay. Coult takes a thematic approach, concentrating on Narrow Road to the Deep North, Lear, Bingo, and The Sea. Supplemented by a chronology.
Hay, Malcolm, and Philip Roberts. Bond: A Study of His Plays. London: Methuen, 1980. This study places Bond in a distinct scholarly category in which he is compared with his contemporaries. The chapters are arranged by plays, with a chronological list, a strong introductory essay, and two sections of production stills.
Hay, Malcolm, and Philip Roberts. Edward Bond: A Companion to His Plays. Rev. ed. London: Methuen, 1985. A companion volume to the preceding title, it includes a chronology, a bibliography, a section on Bond on his own plays, and plays in production.
Hirst, David L. Edward Bond. London: Macmillan, 1985. Contains three main sections: techniques of subversion, tragedy and comedy, and epic theater, including Lear and The Bundle. Hirst likens Bond to George Bernard Shaw, in that both seek a method of building a new world out of the ruins of the old. A good introduction.