Title: Diary of a Bookseller, The
Authors: Blythell, Shaun
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 310
Year: 2017
Language: English
Description: Hold off on that booking and get ready to change your travel plans ... once you've read this book, you'll be wanting to visit Shaun Bythell's premises in Wigtown, touted as the biggest secondhand bookshop in Scotland. From the daily till receipts and the latest staff insurrection, to the verbal gems from querulous customers and the rhythms of a country town with its myriad festivals, it's all here in diary form.

Chronicling the day-to-day scrabbling for a living in a commercial environment strongly influenced by the author's nemesis (Amazon), this fascinating story will have you laughing out loud while you are enthusiastically writing down what recovered treasure you should be reading next.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"This is very entertaining, funny and well-written."

"I really enjoyed the book and would have liked it to go on. Shaun is beautifully eccentric and loves his books."

"˜It's easy to read and well-written. Also very amusing."

"Fascinating - more so then you'd think from the title."

"The book brings to life the strange variety of patrons which second-hand bookshops attract - but it also gives great insight into why and what people read."

"I did smile when I read his descriptive pictures of employees and customers."

"His life seems idyllic, living above his bookshop, buying trips and fishing, cycling and rambling in the Scottish countryside. However he also describes how large bookshops and Amazon are destroying smaller bookshops."
Categories: Non fiction, Biography, Scotland, 2020 Titles


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