I spent 16 quid on a book!

Let me start by saying, I’m not flush with cash, I don’t have a huge disposable income to spend on books.  When I buy books it’s because I really WANT them and want to keep them forever….that said, last weekend I went to an event as part of the Wolverhampton Literary Festival and I bought a book that cost me £16.00! And…it’s not even a hardback!

The event was a panel called How To Get Away With Murder and featured local authors Jenny Blackhurst, Mark Edwards and Jay Stringer.  The first two I was familiar with, but had not come across Jay Stringer before.  The panel were great, they had a real dynamic between them and bounced off each others questions and answers.  There were questions by the host, readings from each of the author’s latest novels and a Q&A for the audience.

Following the panel the authors were available for book sales and signings.  Herein starts my rather awkward little story! Firstly, I had no cash on me and the organisers were only accepting cash payments.  So I left the art gallery where the event was being held in search of a cashpoint.  This was relatively easy, I had a good idea where there was one.  I withdrew £20.00, thinking the books I wanted would be £8-£9 each.

I must point out that at this point it was about 3.15pm and I had till 3.35pm on my pre-paid city centre car parking ticket.

I went back the gallery and got in the queue.  When I reached the front, Mark Edwards and Jay Stringer were stood next to me.  So I said hello, great discussion etc and asked the lady behind the table for one of each of their books – The Lucky Ones and How to Kill Friends and Implicate People.

She said £24.90….I gulped!

There were no signs advising the prices of the books, and as the lady to my left moved away taking her handbag, there was the price list!

“Oh well, this is embarrassing and a bit awkward” I said to no-one in particular, whilst I felt all eyes upon me.

“I’ve just been to the cashpoint and haven’t got enough money on me for both” I said.  Have I said how awkward it was….

Which one was I going to pick, whilst both authors were stood next to me watching!

Time was ticking on…I needed to pay and get back to the car!  I really wanted both books but didn’t have time to go back to the cashpoint again.

Eventually I picked Jay Stringer’s book How to Kill Friends and Implicate People – purely because it was more out of my comfort zone.  He’d billed it as comedic noir.  I also particularly enjoyed his reading during the panel.

I paid and left in a hurry!

I think this is the most I’ve ever paid for a book before, out of my own money.  I have bought a hardback book before for £20.00 but that was with a gift voucher so I don’t think that counts.

What’s the most expensive book you’ve ever bought?  Was it worth it?


  1. 2nd February 2018 / 9:24 am

    It was worth the money to get this story out of it! 🙂 I really hope the book is good! x

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      2nd February 2018 / 1:37 pm

      Ha ha, maybe! That book has some real pressure on it 😊

  2. 2nd February 2018 / 10:21 pm

    Did you get the author to sign it?

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      2nd February 2018 / 10:24 pm

      I did, yes 🙂

  3. 3rd February 2018 / 2:10 pm

    I can feel your pain Lindsay. The pressure was definitely on with the authors at close proximity! x

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      3rd February 2018 / 6:43 pm

      It was cringeworthy! 😉

  4. suzanna
    3rd February 2018 / 7:22 pm

    Ouch! That was expensive for a paperback! But every time you see it, you’ll think of this story.

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      3rd February 2018 / 7:33 pm

      It was..but like you say, I shall have fond memories ha ha!

  5. Richard Bryant
    4th February 2018 / 9:52 am

    Made me cringe. I think I’m still blushing. It’s always the way at author events. You pay full price even if you know the shop has been selling it cheaper before the event. I would not pay more than £9-£10 for a paperback and I’d really have to want it to pay that. Deep discounters have distorted my view of what a reasonable price is so I generally pay no more than £5 or £6 for a paperback.

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      4th February 2018 / 10:23 am

      Ha ha, thanks!
      I know I got a signed copy and it’s a keepsake if the event etc etc but I checked on that ‘online deep discounter’ and it’s £5!!!
      The other author that was there, the one I was torn between, his book was being sold for £8.95 and they were the same publisher.
      Thanks for visiting 😊

  6. 4th February 2018 / 2:06 pm

    I think there is a rich vein in ‘things you paid more than you wanted to because you were too British to change your mind’. On the book front I’ve supported a few through Unbound (https://unbound.com) which can equate to paying a lot for a book but at least you know you’ve actually made a contribution.

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      4th February 2018 / 5:13 pm

      Yeah it was probably partly that too, coupled with the fact I would have been too embarrassed to say I didn’t want it!
      I’ve heard of Unbound but never visited, thanks for the link 🙂

  7. 4th February 2018 / 3:26 pm

    Ouch – awkward! I spent about £25 on a book last year – it was a hardback copy of ‘Veronica at the Wells’, and was the only one of the Sadler’s Wells series that I was missing. I can’t remember what the most expensive paperback would have been – possibly a university textbook.

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      4th February 2018 / 5:11 pm

      I can appreciate spending a considerable amount for a series you collect. And yes, thinking about it I’ve spent £30 on a legal text book but that doesn’t count ha 😉

  8. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops
    5th February 2018 / 2:52 pm

    Oh that is a lot of money for a paperback, I hope that you enjoy it! I have preordered the World of All Souls which is coming out later this year and it was £30 – I think that’s the most I have spent on one book. #ToTT

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      16th February 2018 / 7:19 pm

      Wow that’s a lot of money on a paperback, I don’t feel so bad now 😉

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