Hilarious, wry, and charming, Shaun Bythell’s tales of bookselling in remotest Scotland are sure to delight readers of all stripes.
The funny and fascinating memoir of Bythell’s experiences at the helm of The Bookshop, Scotland’s largest second-hand bookstore — and the delightfully unusual staff members, eccentric customers, odd townsfolk, and surreal buying trips that make up his life there.
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“Among the most amusing and irascible bookseller memoirs I’ve read.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times
“Warm, witty and laugh-out-loud funny, this gently meandering tale of British eccentricity will stay long in the memory.” —Daily Mail
“Funny and fascinating in equal measure — a must for all those of us who haunt the sepulchres where old books are laid to rest.” —Anthony McGowan, author of Hellbent and Mortal Coil
“The Diary Of A Bookseller is warm (unlike Bythell’s freezing-cold shop) and funny, and deserves to become one of those bestsellers that irritate him so much.” —The Mail on Sunday
“Peopled with fascinating characters … a sarcastic reminder of the struggles of small business ownership, the importance of community and the frustration of dealing with customers … laugh-out-loud funny.” —The Herald (Scotland)
“Wonderfully entertaining.” —The Observer
“Tempted to follow your dream and open a second-hand bookshop? Don’t do anything before you read Shaun Bythell … second-hand bookshops are alive because of people like him.” —The National
“Utterly compelling … Bythell has [an Alan] Bennett-like eye for the amusing eccentricities of ordinary people … I urge you to buy this book and please, even at the risk of being insulted or moaned at, buy it from a real live bookseller.” —The Sunday Express
“Laconic, droll, opinionated and unconvincingly misanthropic … Wigtown’s Pepys.” —The Times Literary Supplement