David Cameron has been trolled by users of Amazon as it was revealed that his book failed to take the top spot in the first week of sales.
There have been a scurry of reviews of For The Record on the online retailer’s website – with a proportion trolling the former prime minister by leaving less than complimentary reviews.
Somebody calling themselves Barry Sausages gave the book one star, writing: “I came for the photos of pigs. So did Dave apparently.”
Another gave a more thoughtful review, but still titled their review “a book with a spine, unlike its author”.
Damian Curie gave the book five stars, but thought it was “an amazing coincidence that this brilliant book came out at the exact same time as Cameron making regular appearances on TV!”
David Dresden said it was “an insightful portrait of the man behind the forehead”. He continued: “Why have they photoshopped the cover to make his forehead look a normal size? It’s this sort of spin that puts people off politics.”
Aunt Sally summised: “He’s done the drugs, had a few romantic liasons with the four legged kind, he’s obviously some boy mind as he seems to have screwed the whole of the UK. Don’t think I’ll finish it though which is a shame as I think he must go to sea as people keep shouting ‘anchor’ at me whilst I’m reading it.”
Moneysavinggirl posted: “A inept leader who drove the UK to division. A coward who walked out on his job when things went Pete Tong. A selfish, cold-hearted monster who slashed disability benefits despite claiming them for his own disabled child. The fact that he was born into privilege is not being criticized; this is a man who purposely made life more difficult for the most vulnerable in society. He deserves to be remembered as the cruel failure he is.”
Another suggested it was “printed on the wrong sort of paper” for toielt roll. They continued: “That said, I was enjoying this book immensely especially on the mornings after my weekly Indian takeaway. To my immense disappointment, I soon discovered the pages were made of rather tough and abrasive paper and the unfortunate result of this is that my bottom is now red raw and I’ve had to discontinue its use (the book, not my bottom). Had the pages been made out of soft, triple ply, preferably perforated, paper I would have easily given this book five stars.”
The book failed to reach number one in the book sales in its first week, despite Cameron’s publicity drive in newspapers, on radio and television. Instead Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments topped the charts.
It was also fell behind Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair for the title of fastest-selling political memoir by a former prime minister.
Over at Tory Party conference the on-site book shop has reportedly reduced the price of the book by 20% to £20 – despite Thatcher’s best-selling book still being advertised at full price.