Forfatteren har samlet en rekke samtaler og sitater som kunder i bokhandelen har ytret. Du finner samtaler som disse:
Customer: Excuse me, do you have any signed copies of Shakespeare plays?
Me: Er… do you mean signed by the people who performed the play?
Customer: No, I mean signed by William Shakespeare.
Customer: Hi, I’d like to return this book, please.
Me: Do you have the receipt?
Me: Erm, you bought this book at Waterstone’s.
Customer: Yes. Me:…. we’re not Waterstone’s. Customer: But, you’re a bookshop.
Me: Yes, but we’re not Waterstone’s.
Customer: You’re all part of the same chain.
Me: No, sorry, we’re an independent bookshop.
Me: Put it this way, you wouldn’t buy clothes in H&M and take them back to Zara, would you? Customer: Well, no, because they’re different shops.
Customer:… I’d like to speak to your manager.
Og denne kjenner jeg godt igjen selv, med ulike varianter, fra egne timer bak kassen:
Customer: I read a book in the eighties. 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?
Forfatteren har også referert artige samtaler fra signeringene sine:
Woman: *walks up to me, holding up a copy of 50 Shades of Grey*:
Will you sign this for me?
Me: … I didn’t write that book.
Woman: But the sign says that you’re signing books today.
Me: Yes… I’m signing the book that I wrote *indicates book*
Woman: Just that one?
Woman: Not this one?
Me: … No.
Woman: Oh, that’s odd. *wanders off*
Jeg gleder meg veldig til å få denne boken i hendene og lese mer,