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The Diary of a Bookseller (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 28/09/2017
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Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. It contains 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving, with twisting corridors and roaring fires, and all set in a beautiful, rural town by the edge of the sea. A book-lover's paradise? Well, almost...

In these wry and hilarious diaries, Shaun provides an inside look at the trials and tribulations of life in the book trade, from struggles with eccentric customers to wrangles with his own staff, who include the ski-suit-wearing, bin-foraging Nicky.

He takes us with him on buying trips to old estates and auction houses, recommends books (both lost classics and new discoveries), introduces us to the thrill of the unexpected find, and evokes the rhythms and charms of small-town life, always with a sharp and sympathetic eye.

'Warm, witty and laugh-out-loud funny, this gently meandering tale of British eccentricity will stay long in the memory.' - Daily Mail

'Funny and fascinating in equal measure - a must for all those of us who haunt the sepulchres where old books are laid to rest.' -  Anthony McGowan 

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781781258620
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 508 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Warm, witty and laugh-out-loud funny, this gently meandering tale of British eccentricity will stay long in the memory. * Daily Mail *
Funny and fascinating in equal measure - a must for all those of us who haunt the sepulchres where old books are laid to rest. * Anthony McGowan *
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 * 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. * Herald *
Wonderfully entertaining. * Observer *
Tempted to follow your dream and open a second-hand bookshop? Don't do anything before you read Shaun Bythell ... second-hand bookshops are alive because of people like him. * The National *
Utterly compelling and Bythell has a Bennett-like eye for the amusing eccentricities of ordinary people ... I urge you to buy this book and please, even at the risk of being insulted or moaned at, buy it from a real live bookseller. -- Charlotte Heathcote * Sunday Express *
I tore through the pages, but I was also rather sad when it finished - I could have read much, much more. Any bibliophiles should race to get a copy. * Shiny New Books *
A book and bookshop lover's delight. * Red magazine *
Laconic, droll, opinionated and unconvincingly misanthropic ... Wigtown's Pepys. -- Alan Taylor * Times Literary Supplement *

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“It's funny because it's true.”

Being a bookseller (for Waterstones - boo!) I was fortunate enough to get a free copy of this book. I requested it as A. I'm a bookseller (for Waterstones - boo!) and B. I'm more than familiar with Wigtown... More

Hardback edition
23rd September 2017
Helpful? Upvote 24
Penelope Bullock at Lancaster

“If you love bookshops, you'll love this book. ”

A witty, amusing and insightful snapshot of a year in the life of 'The Book Shop', Wigtown. Anyone working in the industry (which I do) will spend the entire book chuckling knowingly to themselves and... More

Hardback edition
9 similar books recommended
29th October 2017
Helpful? Upvote 16

“Bookselling at the sharp end.”

This is not a novel, not terribly exciting, but nevertheless an endearing read for anyone who is obsessed with books. It is indeed a diary, which reveals the mundane and the deeply interesting progress, or lack of,... More

Hardback edition
11th November 2017
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