The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

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Bythell is a true believer, who makes a passionate case for the importance of books – real, paper-and-board books, yellowed by time and handled, smudged and annotated by generations. This is, after all, a man who shot a Kindle and wall-mounted it – and after reading his wonderfully entertaining book, I’m just about ready to follow suit.
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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.
 

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Published September 28, 2017 by Profile Books. 315 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Star Tribune

Above average
Reviewed by Laurie Hertzel on Aug 24 2018

Despite Bythell’s taciturn ways, I found myself liking him, if only for his eloquent, measured seething about things he cannot control...

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by PD Smith on Sep 22 2018

It’s a funny but also rather melancholy account of “the horror” and “exquisite joy” of running a bookshop.

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Reviewed by Alice O'Keeffe on Oct 22 2017

Bythell is a true believer, who makes a passionate case for the importance of books – real, paper-and-board books, yellowed by time and handled, smudged and annotated by generations. This is, after all, a man who shot a Kindle and wall-mounted it – and after reading his wonderfully entertaining book, I’m just about ready to follow suit.

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