I guess it depends on many factors if answering the question – ‘How Much Is a Unique Book Worth’?

If you are able to help me with my situation then please comment below this post. I do need help. Here’s why:

There is a single unique copy of my bestselling memoir Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story. It is unique because it is the only proof copy ever printed. It was used by me to proofread and check the layout, and quality before I gave the go-ahead to publish back in September, 2016. I am still in possession of the unique paperback.

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Since that time, a new fully revised and expanded second edition has been published.

The reason I seek to sell the unique copy is to donate all proceeds to my chosen charity, the James Bulger Memorial Trust.

I did try eBay once but it did not sell. I think I placed too high a reserve and that tends to deter bidders. Yet, I have no wish to auction it with no reserve as someone may pick it up for peanuts and it is worth more than that. besides, I have no desire to deprive such a wonderful charity of funds.

Amazon Seller is another method I have considered and dropped. They simply make it so difficult to open a ‘Seller” account. Funny, seeing I have a KDP, CreateSpace, and Amazon Associates accounts! Quirky Amazon, eh?

How Much is a Unique Book Worth & Why is it Worth Investing?

The first question surely has to be answered in this way – it is worth what you are willing to pay.

The second question has so many variables. I appreciate it isn’t a limited edition print of some great piece of literary fiction. Yet, it does have value. It is a unique book, a paperback account about an early pioneering undercover operation in the UK. Operation Julie is still one of the world’s largest drug busts. So, it has a historical interest in addition to a drugs, organized crime, social studies spheres of interest.

A further potential area of interest is at the moment hypothetical but who knows? What if a movie is made based on my book? Surely this unique book would sky-rocket in value especially if the film was a success. No, that isn’t pie-in-the-sky wishful thinking. I have been in discussions with several production companies for some time now.

Of course, I will sign the paperback and put a personal message in it for anyone who purchases this unique book.

I do hope Stuart Fergus reads this post. Stuart is married to Denise, the mother of James Bulger. They are both involved in the charity formed in the wake of toddler James’ tragic death. Stuart has connections in Liverpool and in particular to Liverpool Football Club. Now what a good idea for this copy to be auctioned at a football related event. Goodness knows professional footballers earn astronomical sums of money. They can afford to buy it and know the proceeds are donated to charity.

If anyone out there wishes to buy it from me then send me an email with a bid. I know what figure I have in mind and it is not in three digits. If you email me at admin@stephenbentley.info, I assure you the contents will remain confidential.

Please also share this post as far as you can. You never know, someone would love to have this unique copy.

Denise Fergus has now written her own book, I Let Him Go. This is the Amazon blurb:


On 12th February 1993, Denise’s life changed forever. As she was running errands at New Strand Shopping Centre, she let go of her two-year-old son’s hand to take out her purse.

Denise never saw her son again.

In this extraordinary and heart-wrenching book comes the unflinching account of that terrible day from James Bulger’s mother, Denise. What if she had never taken James shopping? What if she had turned right coming out of the butchers, instead of left? Would she have seen her son being led out of the centre by two children? Denise’s initial hope – of seeing her son on CCTV with other kids – quickly turned to devastation when, two days later, James’ body was found. His murder shocked the world, as his killers became the youngest convicted murderers in the UK. Denise then took up a tortuous legal battle for James, and it was her astonishing strength and love for her son that ultimately helped to change the way the law treats victims of crime.

This is a mother’s tale, of finding a way through the despair to remember the happiness and wonderful memories that James brought his family. Above all, Denise doesn’t want her son to be remembered as a murdered child, and with this beautifully written book she does just that.

It is available for pre-order now in paperback and Kindle.


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