Mini Copy Book

Christian Customs


A celebration of St Michael, captain of heaven’s angel host, courteous warrior, and healer.

Length: 116 words

Stories in Short

The Wolf, the Bear and Cat Ivanovitch

A faithful but unprepossessing pet is turned out of hearth and home.

Length: 119 words

Discovery and Invention

Japan’s First Railway

As Japan’s ruling shoguns resist the tide of progress, a Nagasaki-based Scottish entrepreneur steps in.

Length: 107 words

Music and Musicians

The Free-Wheeler

Composer Ethel Smyth buys a new-fangled ladies’ bicycle, and scandalises the neighbours.

Length: 57 words

Extracts from Literature

Alice gets an English Lesson

Alice meets Humpty Dumpty, and it turns out that she has been using words wrong all her life.

Length: 119 words

Discovery and Invention

Thomas Brassey

The unsung surveyor from Cheshire, who built railways and made friends across the world.

Length: 115 words