Confessions of a Bookseller

Shaun Bythell (Author)
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Description

The next best thing to visiting your favorite bookstore (bookshop cat not included). Go behind the scenes at The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland with owner (and author) Shaun Bythell. Inside a stone-faced Georgian townhouse on the Wigtown highroad, jammed with more than 100,000 books and one portly shop cat, Shaun manages the daily ups and downs of running Scotland's largest used bookshop with a sharp eye and even sharper wit. His account of one year behind the counter is something no book lover should miss.

"A full, appealing world populated with colorful characters. The Scottish landscape--geese flying over the salt marsh, the meandering river where he likes to fish--is gorgeous . . . an endearing and thoughtful book."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Bythell's wicked pen and keen eye for the absurd recall what comic Ricky Gervais might say if he ran a bookshop."--The Wall Street Journal

Product Details

Price
$25.95  $23.36
Publisher
David R. Godine Publisher
Publish Date
April 07, 2020
Pages
324
Dimensions
6.4 X 1.1 X 9.3 inches | 1.3 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
ISBN/EAN
9781567926644
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About the Author

Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop, the largest second-hand bookshop in Scotland. When not working amongst The Bookshop's mile of shelving, Shaun's hobbies include eavesdropping on customers, uploading book-themed re-workings of Sugarhill Gang songs to YouTube and shooting Amazon Kindles in the wild. He lives in Wigtown, Scotland.

Reviews

Praise for Confessions of a Bookseller and Shaun Bythell

"Something of Bythell's curmudgeonly charm may be glimpsed in the slogan he scribbles on his shop's blackboard: 'Avoid social interaction: always carry a book.'"--Washington Post

"Warm, witty and laugh-out-loud funny..."--Daily Mail

"Bythell is a skillful writer . . . he creates a full, appealing world populated with colorful characters. The Scottish landscape--geese flying over the salt marsh, the meandering river where he likes to fish--is gorgeous . . . an endearing and thoughtful book."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Among the most irascible and amusing bookseller memoirs I've ever read." --Dwight Garner, New York Times

"...amusing and often cantankerous stories [that] bibliophiles will delight in, and occasionally wince at..."--Publishers Weekly

"Bythell writes with biting humor . . . he is a man on a mission, and year seen through his eyes convinces the reader that is a mission worthy of undertaking."--Chicago Tribune

"An astute observer once remarked to Scottish bookseller Shaun Bythell that 'every industry has its porn.' For those who crave the specific 'filth' of literary voyeurism: Bythell's Confessions of a Bookseller is here to sate your appetites....An enveloping account from the front lines of an industry in flux."--Foreword

"A bookseller in Wigtown, Scotland, recounts a year in his life as a small-town dealer of secondhand books....Irascibly droll and sometimes elegiac, this is an engaging account of bookstore life from the vanishing front lines of the brick-and-mortar retail industry. Bighearted, sobering, and humane."--Kirkus Reviews