Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge
(Original idea from Rosie Amber at https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/)

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To join in read the rules at the bottom.

This week Amazon emailed me a selection of Biographies.  Three of them had the same title Long Time No See

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The book by Beth Finke is an account of her life with diabetes, blindness and a disabled son.

Carrie Triffet’s true-life journey takes her from reluctant orthodox Jewish beginnings into a devout twenty-year practice of Nichiren Buddhism.


The third book Long Time No See by Hannah Lowe seemed familiar and I realised I looked at the cover two weeks ago.

Book Description

Hannah Lowe’s father “Chick”, a half-Chinese, half-black Jamaican immigrant, worked long hours at night to support his family – except Chick was no ordinary working man. A legendary gambler, he would vanish into the shadows of East London to win at cards or dice, returning in daylight to greet the daughter whose love and respect he courted. In this poignant memoir, Lowe calls forth the unstable world of card sharps, confidence men and small-time criminals that eventually took its toll on Chick. She also evokes her father’s Jamaica, where he learned his formidable skills, and her own coming of age in a changing Britain.

This reminded me of Andrea Levy’s Small Island which I loved so I looked at the reviews.  There are 6 five star and 1 four star.  At a time when we are so aware of migrants it is interesting to read that Hannah Lowe’s rich tale of dislocation and location provides a fascinating picture of the migrant himself and the generations who follow.  Another review says that it is, 

A beautifully written, honest and thought provoking story. A real gem of a book – It managed to make me laugh out loud at some parts and to cry at others.

Shall I BUY or will I PASS? I’m going to BUY.

What have others chosen this week?

Shelley is off through Europe in a campervan http://shelleywilsonauthor.com/2015/09/04/buy-or-pass-campervan-of-doom-fridayfivechallenge/

Cathy wants us to clear our clutter https://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/09/04/friday-five-challenge-9/

So now it’s your turn.

Get yourself a cuppa and give yourself 5 minutes.

In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions from 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?

Rosie’s 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, and any other details.

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

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

Published by lizannelloyd

Love history, reading, researching and writing. Articles published in My Family History and other genealogy magazines.

7 thoughts on “#FridayFiveChallenge

  1. Definitely a topical subject this week. I think the book you chose looked the lighter read of the three from Amazon, but still touches on a common subject. The book cover doesn’t grab me particularly, the main font is artistic, my thoughts first went to it being chicklit especially with the character name, not warming enough to the book to make it a BUY from me this week.


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