The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

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 custo...

Details The Diary of a Bookseller

TitleThe Diary of a Bookseller
Release DateSep 28th, 2017
PublisherProfile Books Ltd
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Writing, Books About Books, Biography

Reviews The Diary of a Bookseller

  • Vanessa
    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 crazy after all. It appears there are way more crazier people in the world. It also appears most of them frequent this book shop. The funny stories abound with a daily summary of a day in the life of a bookseller in Scotland's largest 2nd hand book ...
  • Sara
    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 starring Dylan Moran as a misanthropic book seller who hates people and drinks copious amounts of wine. This is the book equivalent to that comedy, and I absolutely loved it. The book outlines a year in the life of Shaun Bythell, owner of The Book Shop, a...
  • Manchester Military History Society (MMHS)
    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 the end of the tourism promo, now the review. The books is a concise and well written read with Shaun dispensing many fascinating literary facts, bookseller anecdotes and observations on his varied and often eccentric clientele and staff. I love the...
  • Jason
    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 books, spread over a mile of shelving. This is his diary of a year running his bookshop, ably assisted by a series of characters, both staff and customers. It is very funny and Shaun has a knack of penning descriptions of the customers who frequent ...
  • Eleanor
    Ah well this was absolutely wonderful. No bias because I'm a bookseller or anything.
  • Lauren LaTulip
    The Diary of a Bookseller is just that - the day by day activities of a bookseller in rural Scotland. Mr Bythell's bookshop is in Wigtown - apt given the amount of time Shaun spends wigging out. Despite being annoyed by a number of his customers, Shaun Bythell is popular within his community and has a yearly round of dinners, dates and fishing/hiking engagements which he touches on lightly. Personal concerns are kept to the side and the most reve...
  • Carley Adair
    This book was so funny and quirky. I loved Nicky she was hilarious. The customers in this book were interesting . Some where so rude it made me angry.Shaun was funny and a typical male bookseller . Oh how I loved this book.
  • Annie
    A big thank you to NetGalley and the author for an ARC of this book.I honestly wasn't sure what to expect - my 'go to' genre is mysteries, and this definitely isn't a mystery (unless it's why Nicky insists that what she gets from the Morrison's skip is still 'food'). I didn't realise this was based on an actual bookstore - have since Googled it and made a mental note that it's somewhere I need to visit - or actual bookseller and it did take me a ...
  • Madeleine Black
    I really enjoyed this book which spans across a year in the life of Scotland's largest second hand book store run by Shaun Bythell. We follow him day by day as he interacts with his customers and various trips to source the stock for his shop. Loved Nicky who worked there, especially "Foodie Friday" He is a lover of books but not the book buyer and his observations about his customers are very funny. It made me so thankful I didn't work in retail...
  • Richard
    Being a bookseller (for Waterstones - boo!) I was fortunate enough to get a free copy of this book. I requested it as A. I'm a bookseller (for Waterstones - boo!) and B. I'm more than familiar with Wigtown and the local area if not The Bookshop itself. You don't however need experience of any of these to enjoy this humorous and lovely diary, maybe just an appreciation of books themselves and that is not totally necessary tbh. Shaun is a self proc...
  • Louise
    I really liked this book,it was full of mundane day to day things,like who was working the shop,how fat the cat was,and orders people placed,and full too of eccentric characters - yes,I'm thinking Nicky with her foodie Friday - and charm and with. There's real insight into the world of buying and selling second hand books,and the knowledge required.Thrown on top of all that are the hilariously rude customers. I'll be looking for the bookshop on F...