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Confessions of a Bookseller by [Shaun Bythell]
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From the Publisher

CONFESSIONS OF BOOKSELLER and SEVEN KINDS OF PEOPLE YOU FIND IN BOOKSHOPS

Shaun Bythell

A very funny life with books.

“Bythell’s wicked pen and keen eye for the absurd recall what comic Ricky Gervais might say if he ran a bookshop.”—Wall Street Journal

“Warm, witty and laugh-out-loud funny...”—Daily Mail

“Bythell is a skillful writer . . . he creates a full, appealing world populated with colorful characters . . . an endearing and thoughtful book.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

“…amusing and often cantankerous stories [that] bibliophiles will delight in, and occasionally wince at...”—Publishers Weekly

“Bythell writes with biting humor . . . he is a man on a mission, and year seen through his eyes convinces the reader that is a mission worthy of undertaking.”—Chicago Tribune

“Virtuosic venting…misanthropy is tempered with bursts of sweetness in the secondhand bookseller’s latest dispatches from Wigtown, Scotland.”—The Guardian

Editorial Reviews

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Cold, grey day. Nicky appeared at 9.08 a.m., blaming the weather for her late arrival. The rain came on again at 10 a.m. and the sound of water dripping into buckets in the shop window began its usual symphony.

As I was filling the log basket, I heard a frog croak in the pond―the first one I’ve heard since last autumn.

On the way to the post office, I spotted Eric, the Wigtown Buddhist, in his orange robes―a welcome splash of colour on an otherwise grey day. I’m not sure when he moved here, but Wigtown has absorbed him with the amiable indifference it shows to everyone, no matter how incongruous they may appear in a small rural Scottish town.

Nicky spent the day re-arranging things that didn’t need to be re-arranged.

After lunch I took down the Christmas decorations from the window displays. The left-hand window was still full of little puddles in places.

Today’s blackboard:

Avoid social interaction:
always carry a book.

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Review

"A full, appealing world populated with colorful characters. The Scottish landscape...is gorgeous."

-- "Minneapolis Star Tribune"

"A heartwarming love letter to books and bookshops, by an amenable fellow turned antisocial old misanthrope...Brilliant."

-- "The Guardian (London)"

"Among the most irascible and amusing bookseller memoirs I've ever read."

-- "New York Times"

"An enveloping account from the front lines of an industry in flux."

-- "Foreword"

"Bythell nurtures his curmudgeonly image and pens droll summaries of daily annoyances...Short of a flight to Scotland, Confessions of a Bookseller is the quickest escape to a seaside village where books reign."

-- "Shelf Awareness (starred review)"

"Bythell writes with biting humor...He is a man on a mission, and a year seen through his eyes convinces the reader that it is a mission worthy of undertaking."

-- "Chicago Tribune"

"The author entertains readers with eccentric character portraits and stories of his life in the book trade...Irascibly droll and sometimes elegiac, this is an engaging account of bookstore life...bighearted, sobering, and humane."

-- "Kirkus Reviews" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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  • File size : 3073 KB
  • Publication date : April 7, 2020
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 282 pages
  • Publisher : David R. Godine, Publisher (April 7, 2020)
  • ASIN : B08528D5B6
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 287 ratings

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