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Confessions of a Bookseller (Hardcover)

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What a joy to read! Shaun Bythell took me through a fascinating year of the highs and lows of owning a second-hand bookshop with humor, wit and grace. Each day started with how many online orders and ended with the till total as well as the number of customers. And in between, I met the many characters of Wigtown: Sandy the tattooed pagan, Granny, and Bum-bag Dave, to name a few. This bookshop is on my list to visit and I hope it will be soon!

— Susan


The next best thing to visiting your favorite bookstore (bookshop cat not included). Go behind the scenes at The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland with owner (and author) Shaun Bythell. Inside a stone-faced Georgian townhouse on the Wigtown highroad, jammed with more than 100,000 books and one portly shop cat, Shaun manages the daily ups and downs of running Scotland's largest used bookshop with a sharp eye and even sharper wit. His account of one year behind the counter is something no book lover should miss.

"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

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781567926644
ISBN-10: 1567926649
Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher
Publication Date: April 7th, 2020
Pages: 324
Language: English