My reaction to reading this book, after the euphoria of actually obtaining an Alice Starmore, was to try and choose a favourite design from nearly all of them and anticipate starting it. Alas, most of the yarn is discontinued and there are so many colours in some of the designs that try as I might I could not match them to any currently available yarn. Some of the designs use fewer colours and could be attempted but the more detailed ones remain a distant yearning. I am glad I bought this book but very glad to have now realised that one might be very disappointed to pay the amount of money that some of the out of print Alice Starmore's command only to find it nearly impossible to recreate the designs.
I highly recommend this book, and if you have a stack of shade cards and a good magnifying glass you might be able to swatch up something similar. Otherwise, be content to approximate or stick to the designs with a few shades.