Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops Hardcover – 26 Mar 2012
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"So funny, so sad... Read it and sigh."---Neil Gaiman
From the hugely popular blog, a miscellany of hilarious and peculiar bookshop moments.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
I think we have all been that person at some point.
In Jen Campbell’s wonderful Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops we get to read about all sorts of odd and random questions. It really is remarkably funny. Within a matter of pages I was chuckling away to myself, eliciting funny looks from family members as I tried to be social (for me that is sitting in a room reading rather than sitting upstairs alone reading).
This is a light read that is actually a rather genius concept. Anyone who has ever worked in retail has stories like this. I once worked in a call centre and the things that the customers used to ask my friends and me were hilarious. Bravo to Jen Campbell for actually collating all of these and releasing the quirky little anecdotes. I, for one, absolutely loved this collection and will be buying the sequel More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops.
* It was A Million Little Pieces by James Frey. No one knew what the book was but I happened to come across it in a second hand furniture shop sitting by itself on a bookshelf. I believe it was fate.
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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!
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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Both Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops, and More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops, are by BookTuber Jen Campbell... Read more
These two slim volumes by Jen Campbell are the funniest books I have read in a long time, although I have never worked in a bookshop I have worked in Customer Service and, I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andrea Pryke
I loved The Bookshop Book, I loved this and I will no doubt love More Weird Things Customers Say...Perfect to pull out when you have read a particularly heavy book, it's all funny,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I saw this book years ago and questions the employee if people really asked the questions that are in the book and he replied yes. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brenda Cochrane
This is definitely a fun read, it is purely meant for entertainment purposes, I don't know that you get anything else out of it, or that there is anything to learn from this book -... Read morePublished 6 months ago by S. Shamma
A great book to take on the train, as you will laugh your head and became the centre of attention. This book is really, really. really funny and true..Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer