The Diary of a Bookseller

The Diary of a Bookseller

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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  • 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...

  • 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 G...

  • 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 starr...

  • 4.5 starsSuch 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....

  • 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 Stranr...

  • 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...

  • 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, ha...

  • 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 th...

  • 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...

  • De boekhandel van Shaun Bythell is te vinden het Schotse kustplaatsje Wigtown. Het is een gemoedelijk plaatsje, waar ook van alles georganiseerd wordt. Shaun doet zijn werk graag en leest tijdens vrij...

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