Title: Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops
Author Jen Campbell
The Blurb: From the hugely popular blog, a miscellany of hilarious and peculiar bookshop moments:
‘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?’
My Thoughts: I first heard about WEIRD THINGS CUSTOMERS SAY IN BOOKSHOPS from Michael on his blog Literary Explorations. It is a small book so is a very quick read that contains a collection of both hilarious and weird bookshop conversations that will have you laughing and/or shaking your head on every page. Like the customer who wanted book for in a series for their niece they had no idea which of the plethora of children’s series it was they just wanted a book with a 4 on the spine. Book purchased, happy customer – not sure if the niece would be happy. Anyone who has worked in libraries or bookshops have been asked the question ‘I can’t remember the author or title but it has a blue cover, do you know the book I mean?’ WEIRD THINGS CUSTOMERS SAY IN BOOKSHOPS expands on this and demonstrates the patience and quick-wittedness of the book sellers. You must read this yourself if you love books and buy it for your book loving friends.
Rating: B – A really, really good read.
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