However, on my recent trip to Paperchase I spotted a similar style journal of their own: called a leather wrap journal.
I bought the beautiful bright red one, but it also comes in black. It is reasonably priced at £9. The leather is smooth and smells lovely – the strap wraps round easily, and there is room to slip a pen/pencil in and for it to stay secure.
Inside, the ruled pages are reasonably spaced, but you can zip quite quickly through them if you have large rounded handwriting like myself. It is easy and free flowing to write on.
The only downside is that the notebook doesn’t really lie flat (which I am hoping will improve with use) and that the wrap around can get in the way if you don’t tuck it away properly. But all in all, first impressions have been good.