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...
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...
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.
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...
September 26, 2017
I thought this was a highly amusing and informative book as it steps behind the scenes at The Bookshop in Wigtown, which is a second hand bookstore in Scotland. The owner, Shaun Bythell, recollects the past year as the owner and all that entails - the highs, the lows, the weird customers, the ons...
August 03, 2017
I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest unedited feedback.
Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown – Scotland’s largest second-hand bookshop. It contains 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving. This is his diary of a year running his bookshop, ably assist...
July 06, 2017
Ah well this was absolutely wonderful. No bias because I'm a bookseller or anything.
August 01, 2017
The Diary of a Bookseller is just that - the day by day activities of a bookseller in rural Scotland. Mr Bythell's bookshop is in Wigtown - apt given the amount of time Shaun spends wigging out. Despite being annoyed by a number of his customers, Shaun Bythell is popular within his community and...
October 16, 2017
I am possibly biased, being an ex-bookseller, but this is a delightful account of life in a bookshop, and the diary format makes it great for dipping into (it does get slightly repetitive if you read it in big chunks).