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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,204 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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32 of 33 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 1000 REVIEWER
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth your time 2 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Book lovers laugh 2 Jun 2014
By Nursie
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny 2 Jun 2014
By Kim
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas present 28 May 2014
By Andi
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great premise, good humour, tad short 1 Dec 2013
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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 business.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really good. A good laugh
Published 3 days ago by SCoop
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hilarious.
Published 5 days ago by S. Miller
2.0 out of 5 stars ... be full of amusing anecdotes but was actually mostly dull stories...
This was disappointing - I thought it would be full of amusing anecdotes but was actually mostly dull stories written by bitter staff.
Published 10 days ago by vicki1978
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird things customers say in bookshops
Not a bad book, though not the most gripping book in the world ! I'd call it a 'snack' of a book - a very easy read that's not very long, (or filling ! Read more
Published 12 days ago by alison greenway
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
A quick read and some of them are pretty funny.
Published 22 days ago by CY
5.0 out of 5 stars So so funny
Totally Brilliant. I sincerely hope I never say any of these things in a bookshop, I don't think I would. Read more
Published 28 days ago by T. Jaray
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Loved this book, some of the questions made me guffaw out loud and I most certainly shall be purchasing the next volume...
Published 1 month ago by horace femm
4.0 out of 5 stars An amusing read
This was an enjoyable read and great to pick when you had a few minutes spare as they are all short little ditties. Happily recommend it to raise a smile.
Published 1 month ago by jo
4.0 out of 5 stars very amusing
Obviously a very quick read, but well worth purchasing - it's funny, but also mind-boggling for what people expect their booksellers to know!
Published 1 month ago by pixie g
4.0 out of 5 stars Very amusing
A bit short, but I found this a very amusing way to pass an hour or so in the bath!
Published 1 month ago by Kate Charles
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