Jane Harrison was a well-known classical scholar, and her memoir is something of a who's who of English cultural and intellectual life. Her book could be seen as a stark contrast to Henry Green's autobiography, which excludes names. Harrison mentions the famous people she met at Cambridge and in her European travels wherever possible. The volume contains several illustration plates. Harrison also describes her childhood in Yorkshire, which she compares with Russia because of the "present cult for Russia and things Russian," and details her time at Cheltenham Ladies College, which she roundly dismisses as a useless Victorian education in which one was, she suggests in a figurative turn, taught to hem exquisitely but not to produce a single garment.