Bound copies of autograph extracts and poems from various authors, such as Shakespeare, Marlowe, from On Being a Christian by Hans Kung, J.B. Priestly, extracts and quotes from letters by A.E. Housman, Disraeli, William Watson, Henry Newman, John Donne, John Updike, C.S. Lewis, poems by George Herbert, Bernard Levin, Dr. Johnson, G.K. Chesterton, W.H. Auden , William Blake, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, poems by R.S. Thomas, Robert Graves, Puskin, Trollope, Pepys, poems by George Theiner, E.E. Cummings, Crashaw, Fulke Greville, extract from Julian of Norwich, poems by Charles Causley, quotes about theatre and film, letters by English Seamen, Proust, Henry James, Barry Humphries, C. Day Lewis, Rudyard Kipling, Reverend William Barnes, Tennyson and Robert Louis Stevenson.
Many of the extracts in this book appear in the posthumously published A Commonplace Book (2001).