Sometimes it is a chore to plug a friend’s book; this time it is the greatest pleasure. Jen Campbell is a poet who also works as a bookseller, whose sense of the ridiculous helps her recognise a good anecdote when she hears one, which in turn has led to a collection called Weird Things People Say in Bookshops (all true). It all started with a tweet from John Cleese asking about pet peeves, led to a blog and the idea was snapped up by publishers (damn you, Jen). If you are searching for a humorous gift for a bookish friend, you can find it at your local store, wedged between Jeremy Clarkson and Simon’s Cat. Click on the link below to hear Jen on Open Book:.