Review by Laura Cameron
A few weeks ago Rollo of London offered us an opportunity to try their A5 Diary as part of their promotional campaign to announce that they are partnering with Paperchase stores.
I selected The Softie Collection, Larkin in British Mulberry A5 (£19.25).
The Larkin is a soft sided journal, with a dark mulberry pliable cover, and embellished with the Rollo logo. The notebook itself measures 8.5″ x 5.5″ (21.5 cm x 14.0 cm) and has 96 sheets of 70gsm cream paper. This means that the book has 192 pages to fill. As an interesting note, each of the pages is perforated, meaning you can choose to remove it from the notebook.
There are two cream front and end pages of the book, and the inner covers are plain, simply the back of the faux Scotch grain. There is also a long black ribbon for marking your place in the notebook.
The notebook is organized like a diary, with two reference pages up front. The remainder of the notebook is narrow ruled, and leaves a place for a date at the top of each page.
The first thing I did was test the paper. Unfortunately, this paper is not as friendly towards fountain pens as I had hoped. Despite being lovely and smooth to write on, my fountain pens bled right through the 70gsm paper, rendering the other side unusable. There wasn’t much feathering, just a lot of bleed through, even when I used my finest nibs. I had somewhat better luck with my gel pens, so if you’re partial to gel pens, ballpoints or pencils, this book might be for you.
As for the organization of the diary, I have no complaints. I could easily see using this book to maintain my daily to do lists, or notes on the day. The narrow ruling isn’t too narrow for medium sized writers – I found that I filled the lines, but that I didn’t splash over into the other lines. That said, if you’re a large writer, this ruling may not be for you.
I do love the feel of the cover and the fact that the notebook is super slim. It fits nicely into my purse without adding a lot of weight or bulk. Overall, I think this is a nice notebook, although it might not end up a favorite because I can’t use my fountain pens with it.
Rollo is excited to announce that its journals are now available in Paperchase stores, specifically the Flagship stores Manchester, Tottenham Court road and Glasgow. They will soon be available online at Paperchase, but for now if you’re interested in purchasing you can head on over to Rollo of London.
If you like what you see here, then I have good news for you! In honor of their launch at Paperchase, Rollo sent an A6 Eliot from The Hardy Collection for you. The A6 diary is in the same British Mulberry, but is a hard sided journal with a band to hold it closed.
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