Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

Confessions of a Bookseller

"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 neur...

Details Confessions of a Bookseller

TitleConfessions of a Bookseller
Release DateAug 29th, 2019
PublisherProfile Book Ltd
GenreNonfiction, Writing, Books About Books, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Cultural, Scotland

Reviews Confessions of a Bookseller

  • Paromjit
    Shaun Bythell takes us through a year of his life in 2015 as a second hand bookseller, a financially precarious business, in the small Scottish town of Wigtown. This is a biographical read guaranteed to delight all of us book obsessives and those curious about the nature of the book trade in all its glories and vagaries, narrated by a man who describes himself as both cantankerous and a curmudgeon. It is in the format of a diary, where every entr...
  • Sara
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.After enjoying the first novel, The Diary of a Bookseller, I was excited to read more diary installments from Shaun Bythell's life as a second hand book seller in Wigtown. I wasn't disappointed. This is full of the charm of the original book, with Bythell's usual introspective views on life, love and buying and selling books to various oddball customers.Although misanthropic, Bythell...
  • Rebecca
    (3.5) This picks up right where The Diary of a Bookseller left off and carries through the whole of 2015. So long as you keep in mind that this is more of the same stuff – the daily routines of buying and selling books, including customers’ and colleagues’ quirks, and of being out and about in a small town – and you aren’t looking for big thrills in your reading, you should enjoy it. Some may find the built-in repetition boring, while f...
  • Kirsti
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!So as soon as I saw this on Netgalley, I knew I had to request it. Even if I didn't get it, I was so happy to see that Shaun had another book coming out, and out of respect for his anti Kindle views, of course I'm going to buy a physical book when it comes out to match my copy of Diary of a Bookseller. I even had the pleasure of telling my favorite book store owner here tha...
  • Susan Johnson
    The second book by Wigtown, Scotland, book store owner, Shaun Bythell, is another amusing look at the life of a book seller. He is in an unique position as Wigtown is the National Book Town of Scotland and his bookstore is the second largest second hand bookstore in Scotland. There are a lot of book activities and tourists who come to town for the books. The book is written in diary style. For most of us book lovers, owning a bookstore is a dream...
  • Lilisa
    I was intrigued by the concept of getting a behind-the-scenes look into a bookseller's life - the backstory to owning a bookstore, encountering the myriad of customers a bookseller would come across, and of course the “confessions” of a bookseller, which sounded interesting and fun! But, sadly it was literally a day-by-day account of 365 days in the life of a bookseller - the customers who visited the shop, books they asked for, what they bou...
  • Carrie
    An absolutely adorable story with fun characters. Perfect for a leisurely summer day!I am a huge fan of books about books and this novel was just what the doctor ordered.
  • Heather Fineisen
    Diary like entries reveal the operation of The Book Shop in the bookish Wigtown Scotland. Quirky characters abound. My favorite was Granny, the young Italian intern with her accent and huge appetite. Charming and interesting for any bibliophile.Copy provided by the Publisher and NetGalley
  • Sakhile
    As an avid book reader, secondhand bookshops hold a certain wonder for me. It’s nearly impossible for me to walk past one, or a person selling secondhand books on the street, without stopping to peruse even when I have no money to spare. That probably makes me a bit of a nightmare customer but what can I do.Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell was an enchanting read. It details the daily routine of running a secondhand bookshop. Althoug...
  • 🌈⭐️RoseOfRainbows⭐️🌈💕
    Really loved every minute of it! It's a cozy, delightful read and I savored it from start to finish. 5/5 stars for a job well done.
  • Eule
    Confessions of a Bookseller is bascially like Diary of a Bookseller: Same author, same format, same humour, and it's what it says on the tin: The diary of a bookseller. Shaun is based in Wigtown, Scotland's booktown, and runs a second hand bookstore which also has an online presence. Each entry starts with the amount of books that were ordered online and the amount of books from the orders he was able to find, and conclude with number of customer...
  • Leonie Byrne
    Thank you to Netgalley, Profile Books and Shaun Bythell for my arc of Confessions of a Bookseller in exchange for an honest review. Synopsis: Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland. This is his second book and a collection of memoirs/diary entries based on the day to day running of the bookshop. It covers quickly customers, strange requests, the trials and tribulations of running a small bookshop including online selling ...
  • Laurie
    This continuation of Shaun Bythell’s diary recounts the not so normal life of a bookseller, and as a former bookstore employee I felt his pain. Brilliant, funny, intelligent, smart, snarky, warm, lovely, I could go on but all you need know is I am mad about this book! From dealing with employees and Wigtown neighbors (Nicky’s Foodie Fridays, Petra’s belly dancing classes, Granny’s embryotic English) to musings on encounters with customers...
  • Annarella
    A very good book, engrossing and entertaining.It made me laugh and it helped to understand how is working in a bookstore.I loved the style of writing, the humour and the stories.I look forward to reading other books by this author.Highly recommended!Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
  • Sophie
    Warm, funny and full of literary goodness. I really hope we continue to get more and more of Shaun’s diaries.
  • Charlotte Jones
    *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I read The Diary of a Bookseller early last year and absolutely loved it so I was excited to see that the sequel will be released in August 2019. I was lucky enough to be approved for a review copy on NetGalley and I am pleased to say that I loved this just as much. Having not finished a book since 1st May which is an unheard of amount of time for me, this ...
  • Beth Roberts
    There's no way for me to review this without sounding harsh. Obviously, I love books and reading books. Therefore, I love books about books. I am sure, were I ever so fortunate to re-visit Scotland again and find my way to this bookstore, I would like it and its owner quite a lot. This book is just not the best introduction.Mr. Bythell writes about himself in a very deprecating manner. I'm sure he can't be as crotchety as he would have the reader...
  • Carolyn
    This book is an absolute delight, so much so I slowed down my usual super fast reading and read it leisurely. I had chosen it simply because it was about books, having not read the first book, so had no preconceived ideas. This warm, witty, book is the diary of every day goings on in the largest bookshop in Scotland, nestled in the picturesque town of Wigtown. The shop is blessed with a seemingly never ending supply of eccentric customers, and su...
  • Amy
    The Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell is essentially a diary of Shaun’s experiences as a bookshop owner in a rural Scottish village. But it’s so much more than that. Shaun makes you feel as if you are living in Wigtown with him and his crazy employees, friends, family, and fellow villagers. There’s so many lovable characters, from Nicky, his J Witness, Morrison/bin scavenging employee, to Mole-Man, the long time customer Shaun ha...
  • Mona
    This is continuation (literally) of author's previous book, so I would recommend it to those who liked the first part. Evryday's life of bookshop keeper is described here and like our lives, sometimes it's more and sometimes less interesting. This book has a similar humor and small town charm to it. The difference which I noted in comparison to the previous book, is that author's sense of humor and sarcastic comments are a little more subdue, esp...
  • Lindsay
    Shaun Bythell is at it again with a new book chock full customer interactions, staff highlights and a slew of stories that only those running a bookshop could ever be involved in. I love reading books that follow the epistolary format. Peaking into the lives of ordinary people is a very intimate experience. Here you can do so without worry that the diaries owner will come upon you while your hand is in the proverbial cookie jar. I received a free...
  • Lib
    Shaun Bythell's hilarious curmudgeonly accounts of the daily goings-on in his bookshop are a balm to my bookseller soul. I am not alone in the world! We have the same employees, the same customers, though he resides in a little Scottish town and I across the world, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. No matter where in the world a person opens the doors of his/her bookshop every morning, their individual experiences will be uncannily similar to every oth...
  • Annie
    Shaun Bythell continues to recount his adventures as the proprietor of the Bookshop, in Wigtown, Scotland, in Confessions of a Bookseller. Earlier this year, I listened to the audiobook of The Diary of a Bookseller and loved it. I jumped at the chance to hear more weird tales of life in a secondhand bookstore when I saw this available on NetGalley. This new entry did not disappoint...Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type. I received a free...
  • Jessica
    Thank you to NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I had actually never heard of Bythell before reading this, but I am now waiting for his first book from the library. This book is honest and funny and still makes you think, which is more than most book could even hope to do. As someone who worked in a bookstore for years, I recognised many of these customers and have heard many of these comments. Particularly funny to...
  • Linda Fallows
    Thank you to Profile Books and NetGalley for allowing me to read a copy of this book in return for an honest review.This book is as funny and addictive as Shaun Bythell’s first book. The tales of customers in his bookshop are hilarious. Also, being given a glimpse of the activities of Wigtown, and information about the surrounding area is an added bonus. Written in a chatty style, this book takes the reader through a year of life for Shaun Byth...
  • Latkins
    A worthy follow-up to Diary of a Bookseller, this takes us through a year in the company of irascible bookseller Shaun Bythell in Wigtown, Scotland. Entertaining, funny and informative, with a cast of real, unforgettable characters, it's a joy to read for any bibliophile!
  • Melanie
    This is the second book of memoirs / diaries of Shaun Bythell's tales of running a bookshop.This book is just as good as the first book and has an addictive and comforting quality. Extremely well written and funny and you can almost see the characters that visit his bookshop.Fascinating for any book lover and offers inspiration for new books to read from what Shaun writes about books he has read and sold. I was sad to finish the book and hope the...
  • Bookwormbadger
    Many thanks to Netgalley and Profile Books for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Last year I read and hugely enjoyed Shaun Bythell's previous book to this one, Diary of a Bookseller. This one is remarkably similar but no less entertaining; it is essentially a diarised account of a year in the life of Shaun and The Bookshop in Wigtown. He recounts some hilarious stories about customers, books, staff and so on; it all adds up t...
  • Jen-Jen
    For me this book felt like a warm comforting hug. It was exactly what I needed in August. There are so many things I love about this book: the tales of Nicky and Granny's antics are hugely entertaining, Shaun's sarcasm left me in stitches but I absolutely adored the insights into the bookselling trade. And I'm still baffled at the amount of customers who want discounts on books less than two pound! Shaun is very open about his relationship with A...