Saturday, 1 September 2012


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!


I announced yesterday that I'm writing a sequel to Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops, which will be published next year. *happy dance*

(FYI Obviously that ---> is not the new cover. Greg will be designing a new cover, and inside illustrations, and it will be snazzy. It won't be me just changing the initial cover a bit in MSPaint. You may now breathe a sigh of relief.)

SO. Like the first book, there will be a section in this book called 'Weird Things Customers Say in Other Bookshops.' & that's where you come in, lovely booksellers! Now is your chance to send in the weirdest, funniest and down right mind-boggling 'Weird Things...' quotes you have heard. Librarians, we'd love to hear from you, too!

Please send your quotes in the body of an email to me at, subject heading 'Weird  Things submission.' You can send as many quotes as you like. Please set them out as a script. Deadline is the 15th November. We had a great response last time, and I'm really excited to see what you guys send over.* 

If you could help spread the word to other booksellers, by tweeting this blog post, or sharing it on Facebook walls etc, that would be fantastic. &, if you're reading this and you're not a bookseller or a librarian, then get yourself along to a bookshop and say something bizarre asap! x

*If you want to see the kind of quotes we like, then check out 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' [UK, Constable and Robinson], 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores' [US/Canada, Overlook Press] It's out now in the UK & Commonwealth, out in US/Canada 13th September 2012, Finnish and Swedish translations published this autumn and German translation out early next year. You can also see a selection of quotes over here.


  1. Yayy! A sequel!!

    (That customer above should be ashamed. What English person doesn't know The Secret Garden?!) :)

  2. Would you accept some about weird things customers have heard booksellers say? I've racked up a few recently, ha ha.

  3. Emilie - Don't worry, I'm aware that booksellers do say strange things on occasion as well ;)

  4. Posted this to the Abebooks Booksellers. :)

  5. Oh, Jen. You just made my day with this. We at my bookstore have been debating setting up a Twitter account with things we've been asked or have just overheard. You'll be bombarded with New Jersey quotes :)


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