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?

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