Thursday, September 18, 2008

What, petering out already?

Former Federal treasurer Peter Costello embarks on "Plan B"

Our old friend and twisted owl fancier, Christian Kerr, reports sales of the Costello memoirs have been a bit on the…err…sluggish side.

Mr Kerr writes:

JUST three days after it went on sale, copies of The Costello Memoirs have been dumped in the bargain bins.

Staff at the Paperchain Bookstore in Manuka, the closest bookshop to Parliament House, reported "pretty decent" sales yesterday at the full price of $54.99. But at the Borders in the Canberra Centre shopping mall, The Costello Memoirs had already been discounted down to $34.95 and the book was available at the Big W in the same complex for the bargain basement price of just $32.95

Oh dear.

This does not bode well for Louise Adler over at Melbourne University Press.

She convinced the board to shell out a motzer when political memoirs from the Tories have never done that well in Australia. Big, big mistake.

By-the-by, anybody here planning to fork out for 400 pages of self-serving dribble from the Hamlet of Higgins?

Perseus – you’re the resident bibliophile; take one for the team comrade.


Perseus said...

Ooh I like a challenge.
Alright, I'll read it.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Good man.

That's two beers I owe you now.

eat my shorts said...

Surely it's not really 400 pages? That's one of your clever jokes, isn't it Ramon?

Anonymous said...

Maybe they'd have better luck if they moved it to the fiction section.

Mr E Discharge said...

How better for a man regarded by many as "The Master of the Door Stop" to quietly leave the scene?

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

If they moved it to science-fiction I might buy it.

"The Costello Memoirs and the Giant Ants from Mars".

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Readings is flogging it for $44.95.

Melba said...

i don't think i could bear to read it. i can't even bear to look at pictures of him in the paper, and hearing his whiny voice really shits me as well.

good luck perseus. i'll look forward to your review.

catlick said...

One shelf it wont be on is "Self Motivation"

Mr E Discharge said...

It might do well in the "Proctology Reference" section.

catlick said...

It may also go down as the longest CV in history.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

It may also go down as the longest CV in history

"Well, Mr Costello, your CV indicates you were Federal Treasurer for 11 year, during which you did sod-all apart from trying to undermine your leader."

"Yep, that's about it."

"Well, it's been...err...interesting to talk to you and I'm sure we'll be in contact about your job application in the very near future."

"Don't take too long, dickhead, I've got lots of other offers you know."

"Thank you, Mr Costello."

Stubbadub said...

On the subject of memoires, anyone have a copy of the Latham Diaries they want to sell to me? I want to read it, but on matter of principle refuse to buy it new. I’ll give you 10 bucks for it.

WitchOne said...

I'm waiting for it to get into my local second hand bookshop. Sadly I doubt this will ever happen due to the amount of methadone clinics around I'm not sure the residents in this area can actually read.