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on 11 May 2012
I recently ordered Mr Lee's 'How I Escaped My Certain Fate', and was delighted when I received 378 pages of words (not including index, acknowledgements and other wasted paper) for the purchase price of £4.76. That equates to 1.259 pence per page of words.
Having just bought this book, I'm disgusted to discover that for almost the same sum (£4.31) I have received only 103 pages of words; an exorbitant 4.184 pence per page of words.
I, for one, would like to know how Mr Lee can justify a 232% increase for what are essentially the same words, written in a slightly different order?
Is this book 232% better than Mr Lee's previous work? I have no idea, I have read neither book. But I fail to comprehend how it could be. It is a mystery, Mr Lee, for which I would like an explanation.
Obviously, the sale price of a book is fixed by the author, and Mr Lee is asking us to believe his skill in converting his spoken words into written words has improved by 232% in little over a year, and therefore he need only write 27% as many.
For £4.31 I could buy a pint of beer and a packet of pork scratchings at my local pub, which would keep me well entertained for over 20 minutes. Mr Lee clearly believes that collating a year's creative output, printing it into a convenient book format, packaging it and having it expediently delivered to my front door is somehow worth the same amount.
I can only assume Mr Lee's new status as a much-lauded television celebrity has gone to his head, and we must now fund his extravagant lifestyle in whatever trendy London suburb he now resides.
Before ordering this book, I would recommend you purchase the author's entire back catalogue of work and judge for yourself if you think this book could be worth 4.184 pence per page, or else, like me, you might end up wasting £4.31 of your hard-earned money.
You have been warned.