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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 (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,501 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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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Simon Savidge Reads TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Jun 2012
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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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3 of 3 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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Happy kindle user on 3 Jun 2014
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You will appreciate this book if you deal with customers yourself - out of the mouths of customers, it's hilarious!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nursie on 2 Jun 2014
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A lighthearted look at things people say. If you are a book lover like me you will appreciate the bizarre comments people make. I particularly liked "do you have anything by Jane Eyre?" It is a short book read in a couple hours but it did make me chuckle out loud. Very embarrassing as I was on the train to London .
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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andi on 28 May 2014
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This book went down a storm... Xmas present for someone who is passionate about independent bookstores and she loved it!
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By John Hopper VINE VOICE on 3 Oct 2014
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Very funny book containing brief anecdotes from booksellers about weird requests to which they have been subject. Most are gathered from a particular bookshop in London and another one in Edinburgh, with a short selection from others elsewhere in the country/world. They range from the vacant ("I read this book decades ago, don't know the title or author but it had a green cover, do you know which one I mean?"; or "the title was "something something", can you search for it on your computer?") to the chillingly naive ("I enjoyed the Diary of Ann Frank, why did she never write a sequel?") They also include bizarre requests to buy or borrow items such as ice cubes or condoms, or queries on how to cook a chicken. My dad used to work in public libraries and he used to get a lot of similar strange and vague queries as well!
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