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...more
The funny stories abound with a daily summary of a day in the life of a bookseller in Scotland's largest 2nd hand book shop in the charming little village of Wigtown whe ...more
The bookseller of the title is the author himself, Shaun Bythell. He lives in Wigtown, Scotland where this beautiful bookshop actually exists. How I would love to go and see it! Shaun has a rather snarky sense of humour which had me laughing out loud. I also found myself doing that totally annoying thing of reading bits out loud to anyone who happened to be nearby at th ...more
Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland, and with this book he shares his diary from 2014 in which he writes about everything going on in the store as well as in Wigtown. I had to get used to his tone of voice which is very pessimistic and abrupt - but in a funny way I grew to find this tone of voice hilarious and endearing, and after all, Shaun By ...more
Enter Shaun Bythell, owner and proprietor of The Bookship in Wigtown (Scotland’s largest secondhand bookstore), who willingly accepts the economic challenges of owning a ...more
In 2001, after having difficulty settling on a career he enjoyed, Shaun bought The Book Shop in his home town of Wigtown, in the Galloway region of Scotland. Some years later he started a diary and a facebook site to record the interactions with his customers, but over the months it developed into so much more ...more
Some days are better than others. Irritating customers are a given. Bythell has a consistent dry sarcasm, and the details of the shop’s daily happenings are amusing.
“Any bookseller will tell you that, even with 100,000 books neatly sorted and shelved in a well-lit, warm ...more
Nonfiction + Memoir
Shaun Bythell tells us about his experience after buying this big second-hand bookshop in Wigtown which is considered the second-largest bookshop there, the challenges he faced to keep it up and running in our era in which technology has advanced a lot where there are other forms of reading other than buying physical books.
The book is written as the title suggests, in a diary format. The diary has daily entries for about a year. It tells the reader what i ...more
For me, this book is quirky (with a capital “Q”).
The story meanders along, a bit like life really. Mostly routine and humdrum, with little flecks of highlights and happiness. A journal of sorts, of the trials and tribulations of a bookseller, and in a second hand bookstore at that.
Not a lot happens, but there are little gems that had me laughing out loud such as…
”An elderly customer told me that ...more
Now, I use Amazon for books very often, and it is due to Amazo ...more
Is this a 'one off' or will there be more installments, I suspect there's plenty of material to fill a few more if Shaun has the time and inclination? ...more
Each chapter is a month of the year (starting on February 1, 2014 and ending on January 30, 2015) and within each month are diary entries with sundry facts such as what’s in the til ...more
It it not easy to write a book in the diary format without falling into the trap of repeating yourself. I got up, opened the shop, Nicky was late. How very often did those words recur. It takes a writer of considerably more skill and imagination to make a diary interesting. One who can offer nuggets of insight (perhaps in response to the books he was reading above the bald comment "I enjoyed it") or the odd piece of imagery. This book failed on those counts. It had the stock in trade ornery empl ...more
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, and his daily interactions with customers and excur ...more
Imagine reading the work diary of someone whose job follows a regular pattern each day, doing the same general activities, and that’s basically what reading this book was like - with some humorous anecdotes thrown in!
The Diary of a Bookseller is comprised of a year of diary entries from secondhand book shop owner, Shaun Bythell. And I have to admit, learning about how a secondhan ...more
But the people in this true tale are the exact opposite.
As the title states this is a diary of each day in a bookseller's life.
At noon a woman in combat trousers and a beret came to the counter with six books, including two nearly new, expensive art books in pristine condition. The total for the books came to £38; she asked for a discount, ...more
so the author of this book is actually a bookseller and his shop is based in Wigtown, Scotland. in his diary he speaks about a life within his bookshop's walls, his town, book deals and all sorts of things. it took me longer to read this book than i was thinking but here i am, annoyed with the customers ...more
Shaun Bythell probably has the life every bookworm has dreamt of having. He lives in a quiet, beautiful little town in Scotland, mostly untouched by mass tourism. He owns an obese, lordly cat, he gets along with his neighbours, he has plenty of whimsical friends. And he owns a bookshop.
Owning an independent bookshop is not the same as being a book-seller at Waterstones or Barnes and Noble. Shaun has no employer, has no need to please costumers or to put up with the most unsavory parts of r ...more
I can highly recommend this book to most any reader, especially those of us who have dreamed of owning our own bookshops. The shop owner (and author) is as crotchety as they come, but at his heart, he is a good man who cares about his community. There is a touch of the romantic in there, too. I found him an interesting person to get to know, and I really hope he keeps writing.
This book made me laugh out lo ...more
I chose to read this a few entries at a time, as diaries can be tedious when read straight through. Perfect bedtime reading.
The proprietor of this bibliophile heaven is Shaun Bythell and on the 5th February 2014, ...more
When not working amongst The Bookshop’s mile of shelving, Shaun’s hobbies include eavesdropping on customers, uploading book-themed re-workings of Sugarhill Gang songs to YouTube and shooting Amazon Kindles in the wild.