The Diary of a Bookseller


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The Diary of a Bookseller

By Shaun Bythell

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Yes! For those who have ever worked in a bookstore, or even retail, here comes a commentary on every customer you’ve ever served. Thoughtless, self -entitled, careless and passionate. Diary entries around a business that blows the cobwebs from the dream and entrenches it firmly in reality…. sigh.

Synopsis

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.