MORE WEIRD THINGS CUSTOMERS SAY IN BOOKSHOPS by JEN CAMPBELL.
From "Did Harry Potter kill Hitler?" to "Can we play cricket in your bookshop?", a selection of the most ridiculous conversations from the shop floor.
Bewildering, hilarious and slightly alarming, this is a book for dedicated booksellers and booklovers everywhere.
Illustrated by the Brothers McLeod, this collection includes peculiar queries and incidents from bookshops (and libraries!) around the world, and even a section of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops Book Signings.
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FIRST SENTENCE(Introduction): The world of bookselling is anything but boring.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 19): Customer: We're having a book burning at our religious group tonight. I need all your books on witchcraft.
Customer: We're doing the world a favour by burning them, you know.
MY THOUGHTS: As the title suggests this is the second book in a series of books about the weird things people say in bookshops (mainly the one where the author works) and, in this case, libraries and book signings.
With more giggle-worthy moments than laugh-out-loud ones, call me a cynic but I really struggled to believe that rather than genuine questions some of these 'questions' were posed by individuals trying to come up with the most bizarre thing they could ..... in other words people trying to 'pull the leg of' (to dupe) these booksellers.
Much funnier (and probably more honest) were the comments from children - I love the thought of angels growing inside of clouds. A stark contrast with this being the parents who seemed to discourage the reading of books.
Worth a look BUT at just over 100 pages and given that it took less than an hour to read I think the recommended retail price of £8.99 is way too steep.
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