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Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops Hardcover – 26 Mar 2012

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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 (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,527 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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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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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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I have to admit this; I have been one of those weird customers asking weird questions. Well not really weird. My question was at least book related. I was one of those typical “I want a book; it has a white cover and little speckles of ticker tape one it. I don’t know who it is by or what it is called but it looks good. Do you have it?”*

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.

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell is available now.

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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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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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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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