The Diary of a Bookseller

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 customers to wrangles with his own staff, who include the ski-suit-wearing, bin-foraging Nicky.

He takes us with him on buying trips to old estates and auction houses, recommends books (both lost classics and new discoveries), introduces us to the thrill of the unexpected find, and evokes the rhythms and charms of small-town life, always with a sharp and sympathetic eye.

Our Review

Shaun Bythell has a dream job if you are booklover but provides the reader with insights into why this isn't really the case. This hilarious book looks the trials and tribulations of modern bookselling in the age of Amazon. 

His experiences will ring true to anyone in the know about the book trade and will prove an eye-opening read to those who aren't. 

The Diary of a Bookseller is a dream book for bookworms and I highly recommend it. 

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