Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops

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$22.95  $21.34
David R. Godine Publisher
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4.6 X 7.6 X 1.1 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop, the largest second-hand bookshop in Scotland. He is the author of Confessions of a Bookseller and Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops, both published by Godine. Shaun lives in Wigtown, Scotland.


Praise for Shaun Bythell

"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

"Bythell remains an unwavering correspondent whose daily rambles reminds us of the joy in real bookshops."--Fine Books & Collections Magazine

"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

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

"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