And more weird things customers say in bookshops.
Published by Constable and Robinson
This Sunday Times Bestseller is 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?’
This full-length collection illustrated by the Brothers McLeod also includes top ‘Weird Things’ from bookshops around the world.
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 myself, have heard some very bizarre things in my time, so the examples in the books really resonated with me.
Some of the entries are silly, some are mind-boggling, every single one is extremely funny. Illustrated humorously by the Brothers McLeod, they fit in with the premise of the book, and if you haven’t got these on your shelves already, why not?
I gave them 4 out of 5* on Goodreads