The things people say about books!Just recently,New Zealand Listener columnist Joanne Black, reported overhearing a father telling his wayward child that if she didn't behave she would only get books for Christmas, instead of "real" presents. Then, in a more amusing echo of this, I received an email from a friend in Cambridge, England, who had been mightily amused by a feature in the Financial Times about what people say in bookstores.
I came across something in Saturday's Financial Times (he wrote) that had us both laughing. It is on page 2 of the "Life & Arts" section, and is a selection of extracts "Things people say in bookshops" by Jen Campbell.
It begins with:
Customer: I read a book in the 1960s. I don't remember the author or the title. But it was green and it made me laugh. Do you know which one I mean?
It ends with:
Customer: I'm looking for a biography to read that's really interesting. Could you recommend one?
Bookseller: Sure. What books have you read and liked?
Customer: Well, I really loved Mein Kampf.
Bookseller: .... ???
Customer: "Loved" is probably not the right word.
Bookseller: Probably not.
Customer: "Liked" is probably better. Yes, I liked it a lot.
Read more about Weird Things People Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell. (Constable, £7.99)