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Book Review: Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops – Jen Campbell

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About Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops
Weird Things Customers Say in BookshopsThis 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.

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Review: Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

This is a book that should come with several warnings, including making strange “Nooooo!” exclamations in public, not being able to breathe for laughing and regularly wanting to smack yourself upside your head with the book to see if you really are still in the world you thought you lived in or if you’ve slipped into another dimension, where people are fundamentally lacking in common sense.

This is a hilarious book but I suspect a little less funny if you were on the receiving end of some of these comments. Such as the man who got berated by an old lady for refusing to leave the shop and buy a stamp for her! Or the shop owner who had to try and find a book from a vague ‘It has a green cover’ style of description.

I would have loved this book to be longer and I suspect there are many more stories that could be included. Paving the way for book two? Perhaps. Certainly this book – and presumably subsequent volumes – would make a fantastic gift. Just don’t forget to share the above warnings…

Verdict: 5/5

Source: Reviewer’s own copy

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Donna Brown
Avid reader/audiobook listener, fan of podcasts, prone to the odd Netflix binge. Mum to six crazy and incredible rescue cats. Occasional writer of short stories and poetry.

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