5 Great Reads for £1.99: Part 1

Having already declared my interest in a previous post, I thought I’d take a look at what there is on offer for £1.99 or less on Amazon’s Kindle Store (and these should be available for a similar price in local currency wherever you’re coming from)

Note: if you have Kindle Unlimited, most if not all of these books, including my own, will be available as part of your subscription.

Why choose £1.99 as a cut off price? Well, given I’m selling my own collection Basement Tales at that price, I thought I’d take a look at what else was available at the same price or less – bit of a fool hardy move, I know, to say ‘here’s better books you could get for the same price’ but hey, as I’ve also said elsewhere – I just like to share things I like.

So…if you’re looking for a good read that’ll cost you less than a cup of coffee, you could do a whole lot worse than these…

Ghost Story – Peter Straub

The word ‘classic’ is vastly overused, and ‘modern classic’ still feels a bit of an oxymoron to me.

After the mysterious death of Edward Wanderley, The Chowder Society – a group of old men who have met for years to share stories of all kinds. As they tell their ghostly stories they find the tales carrying on after they’re told. As they begin to encounter shared dreams of their own horrors, they find you can never escape your past.

Peter Straub’s breakthrough 1979 novel is available for 99p on Kindle.

Born Under Punches – Martyn Waites

Waites’ 2003 debut of his series character Stephen Larkin, Born Under Punches shifts between 1984 and present day to look at a an ensemble cast and how their lives today are all linked to the 1984 miners’ strike.

Set in an unnamed/ fictionalised area of the North East of England that any of from the area will recognise, Born Under Punches is a well observed and written novel which is part recent history, part character study and an intriguing mystery.

It’s available for £1.99 on Kindle.

The Thief of Always – Clive Barker

Maybe not a typical introduction to Clive Barker – it’s a children’s story, but none the worse for it.

Harvey is a 10 year old boy looking for an adventure. When he visits the Holiday House, he gets more than he bargained for.

Ideal for those looking for something a little more stretching and well written for their kids than the Goosebumps series, or looking for something a little ‘easier’ than some of Barker’s adult work.

It’s available for 99 pence on Kindle.

Trying to Save Piggy Sneed

The writer of such modern classics (damn, now I’m saying it) as The World According to Garp, Hotel New Hampshire etc, this is an interesting book from John Irving – an extended introduction talking about his life as a writer, followed by six stories including The Pension Grillparzer – a story previously only found in TWAtG.

If you haven’t read Irving before this is a nice introduction to his style.

It’s available for £1.99 on Kindle.


Buy a Bullet – Gregg Hurwitz

I’ll be writing more about Gregg Hurwitz and amongst other things the Orphan X series soon.

In the meantime if you’re not already familiar with the series or its’ main character Evan Smoak, this is a neat little introduction of the mystery man’s first ever operation.

It’s only 56 turns on your Kindle, so not much more than a ten minute read, but it is free. Gratis. Not a penny.

It’s available on Kindle for £0.00 (did you miss that bit?)


OK, well that’s it for this time – if you’d like to see more cheap suggestions, let me know. If you think it  makes me look like some kind of money grabbing shill, let me know that too.

In the meantime happy reading.

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