Confessions of a Bookseller

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6.5 X 9.2 X 1.1 inches | 1.26 pounds

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About the Author

Shaun Bythell is the owner of the Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland, and also one of the organizers of the Wigtown Festival.


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