#FridayFiveChallenge @rosieamber1 ‘Demons’ by Wayne Macauley

Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge

Rosie Amber’s Friday Five Challenge only takes five minutes, so grab a cuppa and join in!


In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions on small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?

AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?

My Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….

1) Go to any online book supplier,

2) Randomly choose a category,

3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,

4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book,

5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,

6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?

I thought I’d be a bit daring this week and go for a genre that I’ve never browsed before. So, rather naively it seems, I went for contemporary fiction and clicked on ‘urban’. Well, what a strange experience. It seems that ‘urban’ covers many topics, but I really won’t ever get over seeing Salman Rushdie’s ‘Fury’ alongside such classics as ‘Cuckolded by my Boss! Office Cuckold Humiliation Erotica’ and ‘Professor MILF’ which is apparently a ‘Mature Mother Older Woman Younger Man Erotic Romance Taboo Cougar Tale’.  Needless to say, none of these were my choice (even the Rushdie) and, once I’d stopped choking on my digestive, I settled for ‘Demons’ by Wayne Macauley.


Amazon.co.uk   Amazon.com

Then I saw the price: £7.12 for the Kindle edition, $9.99 in the US.


Book description:

Demons is an extraordinary social satire whose ending will leave you reeling.

It is the middle of winter. Seven friends travel to a remote coastal beach house for the weekend.

Without phones, internet or television, they sit around the fireplace, telling stories, each exposing the foibles of humankind.

But as a storm rolls in and torrential rain cuts the party off from the outside world, it soon becomes clear that some secrets are best kept hidden.

Demons is an extraordinary novel by one of Australia’s great writers.

Wayne Macauley is the author of three highly acclaimed novels: Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe, Caravan Story and, most recently, The Cook, which was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award, a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and the Melbourne Prize Best Writing Award. He lives in Melbourne.

Number of pages – 150. Wait, 150 pages for £7.12?


Two on Amazon.co.uk: 1 four star, 1 three star. Very long reviews that I didn’t have time to read thoroughly so I went over to Amazon.com. Here there are seven reviews – 2 four star, 1 three star and 4 two star. Most people just don’t seem that keen.

Would I buy or pass? PASS


I really like the idea of this novel, but to be honest, the book description left me feeling a bit ‘meh’. It’s difficult to explain, but it just seems a little lacklustre, as if whoever wrote the blurb wasn’t that excited by it. It’s formulaic.The price is also a sticking point. Ok, so Macauley is apparently well-regarded. But does that justify more than seven pounds for 150 page book? If it had been cheaper, I‘d have given it a chance, despite the reviews, but, on balance, I’ll pass. I have over forty books on my TBR list and although I’d probably buy almost any book going if I could (although definitely not ‘Professor MILF’ or anything with ‘Cuckold’ in the title unless it was genuinely written hundreds of years ago), with a mountain of books to get through, I’ve got to say ‘no’ to this one.

If you want to join in the Friday Five Challenge pop over to Rosie’s blog to find out more.


  1. Don’t care how well regarded he is, I wouldn’t pay £7.12 for a Kindle book whatever the Guardian says! Actually, it sounds FAB and I’d love to read it, but at that price….

    My Round and Round is about the same length, and it’s currently free. And it’s good. Not ‘extraordinary’, but good. Okay, and it hasn’t been reviewed by a National, but….!

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  2. Gosh, I’m saying this a lot today, £7.12 for 150 pages. I do understand the work which goes into a book especially if you’ve paid for editing, book covers etc and if you add it the hours it’s taken to write the book you would think books should cost thousands of pounds, however you then have to look at the economics of supply and demand. There are millions of books out there and yes millions of people in the world, but your book needs a competitive chance to get sales. One sale of £7.12 or 7 sales at £1.00. 7 sales gets you 7 chances of a review, 7 sales might mean more than one reader liking your work and buying your next book. Of course this is just my view and everyone else’s view is also worth listening to.

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    1. Exactly. What this challenge is proving is that writers (and publishers) need to think about all these different elements. The bad reviews didn’t really put me off, but I just couldn’t pay that much for 150 pages.


  3. Now you have gone and done it! I thought the price of $12.00 for my second novel in paper back was fair. I know my cover is wonderful, the blurb, we’ll see if it draws people in. This is a great exercise with a wonderful example today of what is involved when a reader selects a book. I will pass on this one. Thanks for this Friday #Challenge.

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    1. Ah, but £7.00 is about $11 and that’s for the Kindle version of this book which seems a bit steep especially for 150 pages. So your paperback is about £7.50 and is much longer and costs a few pence more than his kindle book. I think you’re being fairer in your pricing than he is (or his publishing company). Glad you enjoyed the post 🙂


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