Confessions of a Bookseller (Hardback)Shaun Bythell (author)
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The weird and wonderful lot of an independent bookseller is documented in all its quirky, surreal and beguiling glory in Bythell’s affectionate memoir. The subject of a forthcoming television series, Wigtown’s premier bookshop will make you fall in love with literature all over again.
"Do you have a list of your books, or do I just have to stare at them?"
Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland. With more than a mile of shelving, real log fires in the shop and the sea lapping nearby, the shop should be an idyll for bookworms.
Unfortunately, Shaun also has to contend with bizarre requests from people who don't understand what a shop is, home invasions during the Wigtown Book Festival and Granny, his neurotic Italian assistant who likes digging for river mud to make poultices.
The Diary of a Bookseller (soon to be a major TV series) introduced us to the joys and frustrations of life lived in books. Sardonic and sympathetic in equal measure, Confessions of a Bookseller will reunite readers with the characters they've come to know and love.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 526 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 35 mm
'Bythell has a good ear for the absurd and a mundane telemarketing call becomes comedy gold ... For all Bythell's self-flagellation, he comes across as a generous, largely genial figure. It is hard to go for more than a few pages without finding him cooking for staying guests or drinking with friends until the small hours.' - Philip Boakes, The Times
'The best parts are irreverently funny and only borderline legal ... he is certainly not self-serving in terms of writing about what he sees as his own failures and weaknesses ... has kept me giggling all week.' - Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday
Praise for The Diary of a Bookseller:
'Warm, witty and laugh-out-loud funny, this gently meandering tale of British eccentricity will stay long in the memory.' - The Daily Mail
'The Diary Of A Bookseller is warm (unlike Bythell's freezing-cold shop) and funny, and deserves to become one of those bestsellers that irritate him so much.' - Jon Dennis, The Mail on Sunday
'Peopled with fascinating characters ... a sarcastic reminder of the struggles of small business ownership, the importance of community and the frustration of dealing with customers ... occasionally laugh-out-loud funny.' - The Herald
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