Mini Copy Book

Each post in this section is a short précis (summary) of a passage in The Copy Book. All of them are in modern English. They are intended for students of English as a Foreign Language at Elementary Level.

Lives of the Saints

‘I can walk’

A mother is determined to see that her disabled daughter gets the help she needs.

Length: 58 words

Stuart Era

Long Ben

An English sailor became the target of the first worldwide manhunt following an audacious act of piracy.

Length: 52 words

Music and Musicians


Ethel Smyth puts on a show for a self-declared music enthusiast.

Length: 57 words

Extracts from Literature

Experience Does It

Wilkins Micawber had little to give David Copperfield at their parting, save two words of advice.

Length: 113 words

Discovery and Invention

A Bit of Luck for his Lordship

George Stephenson was only too pleased to save the former Prime Minister from himself.

Length: 57 words

Lives of the Saints

The Vision of St Fursey

Fursey was a 7th-century Irish monk whose visions of the afterlife made a great impression on St Bede.

Length: 111 words