Jen Campbell - Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops & More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops (Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops #1-#2)

'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.

Customer (holding up a book): What’s this? The Secret Garden? Well, it’s not so secret now, is it, since they bloody well wrote a book about it! Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops was a Sunday Times bestseller, and could be found displayed on bookshop counters up and down the country. The response to the book from booksellers all over the world has been one of heartfelt agreement: it would appear that customers are saying bizarre things all over the place – from asking for books with photographs of Jesus in them, to hunting for the best horse owner’s manual that has a detailed chapter on unicorns. Customer: I had such a crush on Captain Hook when I was younger. Do you think this means I have unresolved issues? More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops has yet more tales from the antiquarian bookshop where Jen Campbell works, and includes a selection of ‘Weird Things…’ sent in from other booksellers across the world. The book is illustrated by the BAFTA winning Brothers McLeod.

Ezekről a könyvekről nem tudok külön-külön értékelést írni, mert olyanok számomra, mintha egy könyv lennének. Mindig is érdekelt, hogy a kereskedelemben dolgozók milyen aranyköpéseket hallanak nap mint nap a vásárlóktól, és Jen Campbell egy új szintre emelte ezt a dolgot, ugyanis ő a könyvesbolti aranyköpésekről írt két könyvet, és egy blogot is.

Szuper jók voltak ezek a könyvek! Végignevettem őket, hol fogtam a fejem, hol már a falba vertem, hogy hogy létezhetnek ilyen emberek a világon. Aki tud angolul, annak ajánlom az elolvasását, mert egy kihagyhatatlan, üdítő olvasmány, de szerintem ha lefordítanák, úgy nem lenne olyan vicces.

Nem is olyan rég készítettem egy interjút az írónővel, ha valakit érdekel, ezen a linken tudja elolvasni: [link]

Kedvenc idézetek

"CUSTOMER: Do you have security cameras in here? 
CUSTOMER: Oh. (customer slides a book out from inside his jacket and places it back on the shelf)"

CUSTOMER: Hi. I was wondering if you could help me. I’m looking for a book for my niece. She’s six and I’ve no idea what to buy her. 
BOOKSELLER: Sure. What kinds of things is she in to? 
CUSTOMER: I don’t really know. I don’t see her very often – my sister lives abroad. 
BOOKSELLER: OK, what’s her name? 
CUSTOMER: Sophie. 
BOOKSELLER: Ah, well, have you considered the Dick King Smith Sophie series? There’s even a book called Sophie’s Six. 
CUSTOMER: OK, sure, that sounds like a good idea. 
BOOKSELLER: Do you want me to double check that we have those in stock? I’m pretty sure we do. 
CUSTOMER: No, it’s OK. I’m just going to order them online. 
BOOKSELLER: But… we just gave you the recommendation. 
CUSTOMER: I know, and I appreciate it. It’s a pain that Amazon don’t have a physical person I can ask about this sort of thing. Still, I can always rely on you guys for advice."

"(Elderly female customer is looking at the chart) CUSTOMER: I can’t believe everybody’s reading this Fifty Shades … 
BOOKSELLER: I know. I take it it isn’t your cup of tea, then? 
CUSTOMER: Oh, no dear; been there, done that – no need to read about it!"

"CUSTOMER (to her friend) : I only like books that I can really believe happened, you know? Like Twilight ."

"WOMAN (holding a copy of a Weight Watchers book in one hand, and The Hunger Games in the other) : Which of these dieting books would you recommend most?"

"CHILD: Mummy, who was Hitler? 
MOTHER: Hitler? 
CHILD: Yeah. Who was he? 
MOTHER: Erm, he was a very bad man from a long time ago. 
CHILD: Oh. How bad? 
MOTHER: He was like … he was like Voldemort. 
CHILD: Oh! That’s really, really bad. 
Mother: Yes. 
CHILD: (Pause) So, did Harry Potter kill Hitler, too?"

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