AGAINST THE FLOW #FridayFiveChallenge Outback Life

Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge.

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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?

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?

(then write a little analysis about your decision)

This week with the overcast English sky, I extended my book search to the Australian Outback.

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Book description

Life growing up in outback Queensland was tough in the 1930’s. Ruth Ann Jellet should know, she lived it. In Against The Flow she recalls the hardship and memories of a Queensland long gone. She recalls a life lived on the river, of rabbit fences and Model Ts. Of a family that survived against the odds. Against the Flow is her first book, an improbable family history captured before her 80th Birthday.

Price; £0.99 Kindle or $1.53

Pages; 126

No reviews

Would I BUY or PASS?…. I would BUY


This cover stood out against many other travel books to do with the outback. I liked the calm still water and the golden writing, with the tinges of orange peeking over the riverbank suggesting heat and the Australian harshness. This era appeals and the idea of real life memories offers escape from the English autumn days and dark evenings. No reviews bothers me slightly and perhaps suggests the author has not pushed to market her work, the book was published in 2014 by MadHouse Media, but they don’t look like they have anything to do with the marketing. As the author is around 80 years old, I expect this book is the result of a wish to write and publish a book as a celebration of her life. Still it has piqued my interest.

Here are links to other bloggers taking part in this weeks challenge

Shelley is back in the school playground

Cathy has found a Paranormal book to cheer up Autumn

Alison is thinking ahead to December

Liz has been looking at British History

18 thoughts on “AGAINST THE FLOW #FridayFiveChallenge Outback Life

  1. It is a lovely cover and although I’m not usually drawn to memoir type books, this sounds interesting. Because it’s so short I think I’d give this one a go. Buy from me too.


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  4. I was almost pressing the download button as soon as I saw the cover – love it when you know exactly what a book is going to be about as soon as you see that. The FFC is one of the best learning grounds for authors I’ve come across, I have to say!


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    • Me too, the thought of a dry heat which sucks out all the moisture against an English day of rain is quite appealing today. But perhaps just for a day, I know if you live with it full time it’s another story.


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