Archive for June, 2011
Here’s a selection of some of the best Overheard in a Bookshop comments. If you have any more, send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org - winners will be announced shortly!
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.
Grove Bookshop, Ilkley, West Yorkshire
Customer: I’m looking for a book, all I know is that it’s by a Scottish archaeologist who is on television
Bookshop Owner: Might it be this one, The History of Scotland, by Neil Oliver?
Customer: Oh, no, this was a much taller gentleman.
Forest Bookshop, Coleford, Gloucestershire
Customer: Do you have the latest book by Jackie Collins?
Ian (bookseller): Well there’s Lethal Seduction , her latest in paperback.
Customer: I’ve read that.
Ian: Or, ‘Goddess of Vengeance’ which is in hardback only.
Customer: No, I won’t bother with that one, the hardbacks are all dearer, for some reason…
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!
Falmouth Bookseller, Falmouth, Cornwall
Customer: Have you got Lionel Ritchie’s Wardrobe? (Lion, Witch, Wardrobe, geddit?)
(Same customer): Also, do you have the AA book of Milne?
Ripping Yarns, London
Customer (to their friend): God, the Famous Five titles really were crap, weren’t they? Five Go Camping…Five Go Off in a Caravan…If it were Five Go Down to a Crack House it might be more exciting.
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.
Customer: Do you have any books on star signs?
Bookseller: Yes, our esoteric section is over here.
Customer: Good. It’s just I really need to check mine – I have an overwhelming feeling that something
bad is going to happen.
Customer: Do you have a book that lists aphrodisiacs? I’ve got a date on Friday
Devizes Books, Devizes, Wiltshire
Bookseller: Do you need a bag for your books?
Customer: No, it’s OK, I have a cardigan.
Buy the Book, Oakham, Leicestershire
Bookseller: Good afternoon, Buy The Book in Oakham, how may I help?
Gentleman: Can I book a double room please.
Bookseller: (after brief, confused pause): I’m sorry sir, I think you have the wrong number – we are a
Gentleman: (undeterred): OK, can I have a twin then?
A Novel Idea in Great Yarmouth has some very keen members of staff, anxious to fit in…
Rob Penn was in Rossiter Books, Ross on Wye talking about It’s All About the Bike last night.
Kibworth Bookshop in Leicestershire held a moving event last night with Jean Binta Breeze.