Funny comments overheard in bookshops

Sometimes people say funny shit.

Not so long ago it was International Booksellers Week (who knew?) – in celebration, independent booksellers from across the UK shared some of the best weird and wonderful comments they have overheard in their bookshops. Please read these gems:

SIMPLY BOOKS, Bramhill, Greater Manchester

Elderly chap came in on Saturday and asked whether we had one of Delia Smith’s books called Cooking for Sluts… didn’t bat an eyelid when I said the book I thought he was looking for was called How to Cheat at Cooking.

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FALMOUTH BOOKSELLER, Falmouth, Cornwall

Customer: Have you got Lion al Ritchie’s Wardrobe?

(Same customer): Also, do you have the AA book of Milne?

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RIPPING YARNS, London

Customer (to their friend): God, the Famous Five titles really were crap, weren’t they? Five Go CampingFive Go Off in a Caravan… if it were Five Go Down to a Crack House it might be more exciting.

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RIPPING YARNS, London

Customer: Do you have a copy of Jane Eyre?

Bookseller: Actually, I just sold that this morning, sorry!

Customer : Oh. Have you read it?

Bookseller: Yep, it’s one of my favourite books.

Customer: Oh great (sits down), could you tell me all about it? I have an essay to write on it by tomorrow.

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RIPPING YARNS, London

Customer: Do you have a book that lists aphrodisiacs? I’ve got a date on Friday

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THE MAINSTREET TRADING COMPANY, St Boswells

Customer: I’d like a Where’s Wally book please.

Bookshop owner: Our system says we have one in stock, but I, ah, can’t find it!

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DEVIZES BOOKS, Devizes, Wiltshire

Bookseller: Do you need a bag for your books?

Customer: No, it’s OK, I have a cardigan.

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These kind of make me want to work in a book shop.

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