Shaun Bythell - The Diary of A Bookseller (2nd Hand Paperback)
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.
In The Diary of a Bookseller 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.
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : As New
- Category : Non-Fiction - Economics, Business & Money
- Published : 2017 (Profile Books)
- ISBN : 9781781258637
- SKU : B000773
- PPC : LL300gm
- RRP : £8.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
'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.
'Wonderfully entertaining.' - The Observer.
' . . . I had to get used to his tone of voice which is very pessimistic and abrupt - but in a funny way I grew to find this tone of voice hilarious and endearing, and after all, Shaun Bythell is not wrong in a lot of the things he says. I loved this book! It’s as simple as that. It made me feel cozy, it enlightened me on the hardships of owning a bookstore, and it desperately made me want to go to Wigtown and visit The Bookshop.' - Goodreads Review.
Shaun Bythell bought The Bookshop in Wigtown on 1 November 2001, and has been running it ever since with an increasing passion for the business, matched only by a sense of despair for its future, and an ill-humour inspired by almost two decades of dealing with confused customers and surly staff.