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!
Shaun Bythell is the owner of Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. But if you think his days are taken up with sorting through rare and valuable first editions, snoozing by the fire with the latest literary gem, or chatting with interesting, well-informed readers...think again. Bookselling, Shaun reveals, is far from the idyll you might imagine. Beset by bizarre requests from customers who appear not to know what a shop is, locked in an endless struggle with Amazon and terrorised by his bin-diving, poultice-making employees, Shaun documents his trials and tribulations with a sharp eye and even sharper wit. This is the inside story of a life lived in books: from the pleasures of the unexpected find to the friendships forged over shared tastes, and the sadness of finishing a really good book.