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The Diary of a Bookseller

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.

Shaun Bythell on how to repair a Kindle:

SHAUN BYTHELL is the owner of The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland.

“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