Read The Diary of a Bookseller Online Free - 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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August 16, 2017
Call me crazy but I've always wondered when I die what will happen to all my books. My house is overflowing with them. Nobody else reads them but me. The Diary of a bookseller made me think I'm not so crazy after all. It appears there are way more crazier people in the world. It also appears most...
September 29, 2017
So you think you’d like to run a bookshop? Here’s a book to tempt and deter you in equal measure. In 2001 Shaun Bythell acquired The Bookshop, the flagship bookstore in Wigtown, the Book Town in Galloway in the southwest of Scotland. Here he gives a one-year snapshot of life at the shop, from Feb...
February 16, 2018
”Of course, one person’s good book is another person’s bad book; the matter is entirely subjective.”
For me, this book is quirky (with a capital “Q”).
The story meanders along, a bit like life really. Mostly routine and humdrum, with little flecks of highlights and happiness. A journal of sorts, o...
July 13, 2017
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
One of my favourite comedies from the early '00's was Black Books, a comedy set in a second hand book shop and starring Dylan Moran as a misanthropic book seller who hates people and drinks copious amounts of wine...
January 06, 2018
Wigtown is a beautiful rural town nestling in the south west of Scotland, and it has been designated as Scotland's official BookTown. It is home to a range of bookshops and book-related businesses as well as its own book festival. The Bookshop in Wigtown is Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop...
October 08, 2017
Such a beautiful book about books & book selling.
I already know what book I'm getting my friends for Christmas because this was hilarious & spoke to my misanthropic heart.
November 11, 2017
Books about bookstores are one of my favorite genres, and there are not many of them. Shaun Bythell bought a second hand bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland which near the coast of the Irish Sea, and Stranraer which has a ferry to Belfast. It has an annual book festival, which the book makes clear is t...
August 03, 2017
Rich and varied tale of the tough world of bricks and mortar booksellers.
Having visited Shaun's bookshop it was easy to picture both the shop, Wigtown and the beautiful Galloway countryside. Ok that's the end of the tourism promo, now the review.
The books is a concise and well written read with...
October 20, 2017
I shall begin this review by stating that I have never personally wanted to be a bookseller, at least not to the same extent as a lot of my bookish friends, and other avid readers. I do, of course, have an awful lot of respect for those who do, particularly in the case of secondhand and independe...
October 21, 2017
It it not easy to write a book in the diary format without falling into the trap of repeating yourself. I got up, opened the shop, Nicky was late. How very often did those words recur. It takes a writer of considerably more skill and imagination to make a diary interesting. One who can offer nugg...