Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

book and bookselling related stuff.
i've written some books about this sort of thing.
new book: the bookshop book is out autumn 2014
more about that at

I don’t normally share reviews, but this one in particular made my heart happy.

“In a way The Bookshop Book is a lot like a bookshop itself. You know the really good bookshops that seem kind of small from the outside but when you go inside they seem to go back and up from the street for miles. You wander around finding new and interesting things that you never expected to come across. The Bookshop Book is like that. You expect it to be a book about bookshops, but hidden inside are little sections with Bookish Facts and Wonderful Things and photos and interviews and you think just one more page but then something on the next one catches your eye and you have to carry on reading…” You can read the rest over here.

The Bookshop Book actually went to reprint today! Which is wonderful - thank you so much to those who have already bought a copy! xx

events this week!

LONDONERS! Tomorrow I’ll be at West End Lane Books at 7:30pm, for a chat about The Bookshop Book

NORWICH-FOLK! On Wednesday, I’m going to be at Waterstones, Norwich, 7:30pm giving a talk and signing books
OXFORD-PALS! On Thursday I’ll be at Blackwell’s in Oxford at 7pm on a panel with Mark Forsyth and other lovely people debating whether bookshops will still be around in 100 years (Hint: my answer is yes). I’ll also be chatting about The Bookshop Book and signing copies.
LANCASHIRE-PEOPLE: On Saturday I’m going to be at Ebb and Flo books in Chorley at 2pm, talking about bookshops and signing books. There will be cake!
If any of you are close by to these events, please do come along  It would be fab to see you. xx


The Bookshop Book is the official book of  Books Are My Bag and the wonderful, brilliant, lovely Jen Campbell is breaking records with a bookshop crawl around London. She’ll be visiting and signing copies of her book at 12 bookshops tomorrow, Saturday 11th October. Be sure to pop and say hello:

Here’s her Books Are My Bag Bookshop Book Bookshop Crawl (yep!):

Follow Jen on Twitter @aeroplanegirl 


by Jen Campbell

We’re not talking about rooms that are just full of books.

We’re talking about bookshops in barns, disused factories, converted churches and underground car parks. Bookshops on boats, on buses, and in old run-down train stations. Fold-out bookshops, undercover bookshops, this-is-the-best-place-I’ve-ever-been-to-bookshops.

Meet Sarah and her Book Barge sailing across the sea to France; meet Sebastien, in Mongolia, who sells books to herders of the Altai mountains; meet the bookshop in Canada that’s invented the world’s first antiquarian book vending machine.

And that’s just the beginning.

From the oldest bookshop in the world, to the smallest you could imagine, The Bookshop Book examines the history of books, talks to authors about their favourite places, and looks at over two hundred weirdly wonderful bookshops across six continents (sadly, we’ve yet to build a bookshop down in the South Pole).

The Bookshop Book is a love letter to bookshops all around the world.


IT’S HERE! Today The Bookshop Book is released into the wild! A book about weirdly wonderful bookshops around the world: travelling bookshops; underground bookshops; bookshops in the middle of a rain forest (yup), and wise words from some of my favourite authors, too. I have loved writing this beast of a book (and if you fancy purchasing a copy I’d love you very much indeed.) Tell your friends, tell your enemies (tell your neighbour’s cat!). If anyone needs me, I’ll be over here with a glass of wine (well, I will in a bit… it’s a bit early for that right this second. For now, I’ll stick with tea. Ahhh, tea.). Thank you, lovely folks, for all your support xxxxx (if you’re outside of the UK & Commonwealth and you’d like to buy a copy, you can grab one over here: If you’d like to see me on book tour, all details are over here: