Confessions of a Bookseller

Confessions of a Bookseller : THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

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A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

'Irreverently funny ... kept me giggling all week.' Scotland on Sunday

"Do you have a list of your books, or do I just have to stare at them?"

Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland. With more than a mile of shelving, real log fires in the shop and the sea lapping nearby, the shop should be an idyll for bookworms.

Unfortunately, Shaun also has to contend with bizarre requests from people who don't understand what a shop is, home invasions during the Wigtown Book Festival and Granny, his neurotic Italian assistant who likes digging for river mud to make poultices.

The Diary of a Bookseller (soon to be a major TV series) introduced us to the joys and frustrations of life lived in books. Sardonic and sympathetic in equal measure, Confessions of a Bookseller will reunite readers with the characters they've come to know and love.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 144 x 222 x 35mm | 526g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • Integrated black and white photographs
  • 1788162307
  • 9781788162302
  • 30,517

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The second volume of memoirs by the Wigtown bookseller Shaun Bythell is as absorbing as the first Alan Bennett London Review of Books
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The second volume of memoirs by the Wigtown bookseller Shaun Bythell is as absorbing as the first -- Alan Bennett * London Review of Books * Bythell has a good ear for the absurd and a mundane telemarketing call becomes comedy gold ... For all Bythell's self-flagellation, he comes across as a generous, largely genial figure. It is hard to go for more than a few pages without finding him cooking for staying guests or drinking with friends
until the small hours. -- Philip Boakes * Times * The best parts are irreverently funny and only borderline legal ... he is certainly not self-serving in terms of writing about what he sees as his own failures and weaknesses ... has kept me giggling all week. -- Stuart Kelly * Scotland on Sunday * All the ingredients for a gentle human comedy are here, as soothing as a bag of boiled sweets and just as tempting to dip into. -- Adam Douglas * Literary Review * Written with caustic wit...a diverting and congenial read. -- Jackie Law * Bookmunch *
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About Shaun Bythell

Shaun Bythell bought The Bookshop in Wigtown on 1 November 2001, and has been running it ever since with an increasing passion for the business, matched only by a sense of despair for its future, and an ill-humour inspired by a decade-and-a-half of dealing with confused customers and surly staff. His internationally-bestselling books The Diary of a Bookseller and Confessions of a Bookseller have been translated into over twenty languages, including Russian, Korean and French.
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