â€˜Can you recommend a book of spells to raise pets from the dead?
Just animals you understand â€“ not people. I donâ€™t want my husband coming back.â€™
Jen Campbell, bookseller at Ripping Yarns and author of â€˜Weird Things Customers say in Bookshopsâ€™ is back with, well, more weird things customers have said to some poor, confused bookseller.
Whatâ€™s it about?
See above. (Also, see here for my review of the first book.) Essentially, itâ€™s 121 pages of brief dialogues between customers and bookshop employees, ranging from the slightly unusual to the outright bizarre.
Whatâ€™s it like?
Mildly entertaining. From customers who think Shakespeare is fictional and Harry Potter might have killed Voldemort, to customers who sincerely believe itâ€™s acceptable to discuss the contraceptive choices of the bookseller, thereâ€™s plenty of material here to make you laugh and shake your head in mild disbelief.
Rather wonderfully, this book contains a â€˜weird things customers have said at weird things customers say in bookshops book signingsâ€™ chapter. Thereâ€™s only three pages of these, but theyâ€™re really quite marvellously odd.
Another excellent stocking filler â€“ thanks, Santa! â€“ and a great gift for the librarian / bookseller / customer services representative in your life. Though there are references to a few books and authors, these are always extremely well known ones, so the likelihood of readers becoming as perplexed as some of the customers featured within should be slim. Iâ€™ll leave you with this nugget of joy:
CUSTOMER (eagerly): I really liked Fifty Shades of Grey. (Pause) Do you have an illustrated version?