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.

Greek and Roman Myths

The Sword of Damocles

A reminder that those with extreme wealth and power have everything but the peace to enjoy it.

Length: 59 words

The Second World War

The Evacuation of Dunkirk

The fate of the British army hung by a thread in May 1940, but ships large and small, military and civilian, came to the rescue.

Length: 55 words

Extracts from Literature

A Proper Education

Harriet Smith’s school gave her a grounding in good sense that even Emma Woodhouse could not quite overthrow.

Length: 47 words

Discovery and Invention


Great inventions come from those who notice what they see.

Length: 56 words

Discovery and Invention

The Lessons of Nature

Samuel Smiles shows us two great achievements inspired by two tiny creatures.

Length: 55 words

Lives of the Saints

Terror in the Deep

Irish monk St Columba is credited with being among the first witnesses to the ‘Loch Ness monster’.

Length: 59 words