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Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops [Hardcover]

Jen Campbell , The Brothers McLeod
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26 Mar 2012
'Can books conduct electricity?' 'My children are just climbing your bookshelves: that's ok... isn't it?' A John Cleese Twitter question ['What is your pet peeve?'], first sparked the "Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops" blog, which grew over three years into one bookseller's collection of ridiculous conversations on the shop floor. From 'Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs?' to the hunt for a paperback which could forecast the next year's weather; and from 'I've forgotten my glasses, please read me the first chapter' to'Excuse me... is this book edible?' This full-length collection illustrated by the Brothers McLeod also includes top 'Weird Things' from bookshops around the world.

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  • Hardcover: 119 pages
  • Publisher: Constable; 1st edition (26 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780334834
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780334837
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"So funny, so sad... Read it and sigh."---Neil Gaiman

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From the hugely popular blog, a miscellany of hilarious and peculiar bookshop moments.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If You Love Books You Will Love This 7 Jun 2012
By Simon Savidge Reads TOP 500 REVIEWER
The premise of `Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' is really what the title promises, a collection of snippets of conversations of, well, weird things customers say in bookshops. This collection is a mixture of what Jenn has either observed or conversations she has been part of working for `The Edinburgh Bookshop' and `Ripping Yarns Bookshop' as well as a selection of conversations other booksellers from bookshops worldwide have been privy to. It starts as it means to go on...

Customer: I read a book in the sixties. I don't remember the author, or the title. But it was green, and it made me laugh. Do you know which one I mean?

Through the collection it is not only the weird things that customers say that will have you laughing it is also the things that they actually do. People who want to leave their children in the shop while they browse other shops, let children destroy books and think nothing of it, ask for cups of tea when they aren't shopping there. They often come in clearly thinking a book seller has no real job, they can be rude, demanding and I haven't even started on some of the weird requests that they have when they do want to buy a book.

Customer: Do you have any books signed by Margaret Atwood?
Bookseller: We have many Margaret Atwood books, but I'm afraid we don't have any signed by Margaret Atwood, no.
Customer: I'm looking for a birthday present for my wife. I know she'd really love a signed copy. You couldn't fake a signature could you?

Now I have to add a slight worry/niggle/thought I had whilst I was reading. There are occasions where a customer said something and I laughed because I have pondered such things in the past too, a favourite was `Did Charles Dickens ever write anything fun?', that to me makes perfect sense.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 6 April 2012
This book is the perfect present for book-loving friends - it's very funny, jaw-droppingly so - who on earth are these people who expect bookshops to sell ... , and expect booksellers to be prepared to...., well, you'll just have to read!
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 27 Mar 2012
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I've been following Jen Campbell's blog for a good few months now, so when I heard there was going to be turned into a book I got really excited, as I've always been a fan of these types of things.

If you're in need of a quick laugh, something to make you chuckle during a quick break or a quiet afternoon, then I highly recommend this book. It's also a perfect example of why I don't, and never will, work in retail, because there's no way I could hold my sarcasm back as masterfully as the Bookseller within repeatedly manages to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny Quick Read 13 Feb 2013
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This is a short very funny collection of overheard things bookshop customers have said. This is a easy read, I would describe it as a pick-up-put-down book that is perfect to read on public transport, although do be warned people may look at you weird if you just start laughing out loud. There are also some very cute illustrations to go along with the anecdotes, as well as making me want to visit the bookshops these anecdotes are from.

Basically I would recommend this book to any budding bibliophile, or as a gift to any bookworm in your life, although I will say as a book lover some of these instances will make you cringe/despair for the non bookish people in the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird things customers say in bookshops! 2 Jan 2013
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Very funny :) read if you want something light to make you smile!
Good if you've ever worked in a shop!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny 28 Dec 2012
By Ryan
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As I work in retail I can understand a lot of these odd requests and behaviours. Great book. But repetitive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 17 Dec 2012
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Ha ha ha, hee hee hee, polite titter, raucous laughter , open mouthed disbelief. It's all here. In an age of political correctness it's probably ignorantist. Which may be the same as elitist. Not sure. Anyway laugh while you're still allowed to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! 16 Jun 2012
By Elle
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What an absolutely hilarious book!

My favourite parts where from Ripping Yarns - mostly the replies to the customers! People who work in bookshops definitely have a great sense of humour!

This little book is a sure fire hit for any reading fan. Although I use the Kindle now, I spent many years of my youth in book shops and I have heard some really hilarious questions so it's great to see a pile of them put together in a really great collection.

This is a quick read that I can see myself dipping into again and again!

I was also glad to find out that the illustrations showed perfectly on the Kindle!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth your time
Mildly amusing; a mixed bag of laugh-out-loud, plain weird, not-so-funny, cringe-worthy and appalling moments. Definitely worth your time and money.
Published 2 months ago by Hakim Briki
3.0 out of 5 stars Great premise, good humour, tad short
I laughed aloud many times but finished the book in fifteen minutes. Would have appreciated more anecdotes, fewer gaps to the layout and greater insight towards a bookseller's... Read more
Published 4 months ago by demhalluk
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
It never ceases to amaze me how stupid, unthinking and selfish people can be.
We'll worth reading
Ok ok ok
Published 4 months ago by derkio
4.0 out of 5 stars There are worse crimes than burning books...
Funny, shocking and hilarious. I can't believe some of the things I read in this book. Truly unbelievable. Haha
Great read!
Published 7 months ago by fallon
5.0 out of 5 stars great funny read
This book will make you laugh especially if you work in a customer environment dealing with books. Its a rainy day read.
Published 7 months ago by dixie
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely funny
I gave this book five stars because it had me hooting with laughter; a very amusing read. If you have ever worked in a shop you can relate to the outrageous and sometimes bizarre... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rachel O'Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars A hit
Excellent book bought as a gift and it was a definite hit. very funny and my friend was quoting it on Facebook the next day.
Published 8 months ago by Richard C
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and funny
This s a good book to dip in and out of when you need a smile. It is very short but good things can come in little packages.
Published 8 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
It won't take you weeks to read but it will get you lots of weird looks on public transport when you burst out laughing at some of the entries....!!
Published 9 months ago by Jayne
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and a little unbelievable.
David gave me this book for my birthday (thank you!) and it is very amusing. It is a collection of the odd things customers say to book shop staff. Read more
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