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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: 13.4 x 1.3 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,997 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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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Simon Savidge Reads on 7 Jun. 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hakim Briki on 2 Feb. 2014
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kim on 2 Jun. 2014
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I laughed out loud reading this book,however, there are also sad bits in this book that I couldn't even imagine that it might take place in a bookstore. I reckon that this is the reality of every bookstore that we ( the customers) don't realise that these kind of customers' behaviours towards booksellers could take place until this book focused on them and put a finger on. I really recommend this book for all book lovers, you will definitely enjoy it from cover to cover.
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By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 April 2012
Format: Hardcover
Back in 2000 I used to read a website called "Acts of Gord" which was made up of transcripts between the owner of a video/game rental shop (Gord) and his customers. They usually ran along the lines of the customer asking something patently stupid such as if he sold gardening equipment or groceries, or something else like "will this PC game run on my Playstation?". Jen Campbell's done something similar with this book except it's centred around stupid things people ask booksellers instead.

Customers asking the bookseller if they sell things obviously not book related, or trying to palm off kids onto them while they do shopping, or simply being too vague in their questions to warrant any serious answer. This kind of books been done before, Robin Cooper's "Timewaster Letters" comes to mind as well as Justin Halpern's "S*** My Dad Says" (also inspired by Twitter).

While there are amusing moments, the book reaffirmed a belief of mine that most people are thick as planks and obnoxious as well, so reading it had the unintended cause of making me angry at people in general rather than making me laugh. But it's a decent, quick read best suited for the loo.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By daisymay on 3 Jun. 2014
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This book is absolutely hilarious!!! The stories that the people in this book have are really funny! Couldn't help laughing out loud whilst reading this.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By I Readalot TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 April 2012
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We have all heard the one that goes 'can't remember the author or title but it has a blue cover, do you know the book I mean?' But as this book shows even more weird things are said by customers in bookshops and as someone on the receiving end I know only too well just how weird and frankly bizarre they can be. There are times when I have been rendered virtually speechless and with other customers looking at me, equally puzzled and trying not to laugh. If you are looking for something really funny to brighten your day then you can't do better than this compilation, flip through at random and there will be something to make you laugh, sigh or groan (maybe all 3 at once). A perfect book for anyone who has ever worked in a bookshop, you will recognise these comments/questions only too well and like me may pick up a few pointers from these booksellers replies! For everyone else it will probably make you stop and think 'Have I ever said anything like that?' At the very least it will give customers an indication of what their poor humble bookseller has to contend with! How would you reply to someone who asked if Anne Frank ever wrote a sequel?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elle on 16 Jun. 2012
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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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