Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops | Book Review

Author: Jen Campbell

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Received From: Chapters

Publication Date: April 5, 2012


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.


This is the perfect pick-me-up book when you are in need of a good laugh. I thought listening to the stories from my friends who work in fast food were bad, but I think these people top it.

Everyone has questions, and we have always been told that there are no wrong questions. Well, obviously these people have never met dome of the people that have entered bookshops.

Here are a few of my favourites, although this whole book could be tabbed with my favourite comments.

“Where is the true fiction section?” -is that even a thing?

“Do you have any books by Jane Eyre?” -cue the eye roll and side sigh of uneducated people

Do you have Fiddler on a Hot Tin Roof?” -seriously? SERIOUSLY!

“Would you mind if I photocopied this recipe?” -my sister is guilty of this and has done it with library books, claiming that she is too cheap to buy the book, but just wanted the one recipe from it.

As well, if you enjoyed this one, I have just found out that there is, in fact, a second book to this series (you know what I will be buying next week). For those who are in need of digging themselves out of a reading slump, this book is the perfect solution!

-Read On Darlings!


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