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From the Publisher
CONFESSIONS OF BOOKSELLER and SEVEN KINDS OF PEOPLE YOU FIND IN BOOKSHOPS
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
"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.
About the Author
Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland, and also one of the organizers of the Wigtown Festival.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B08528D5B6
- Publisher : David R. Godine, Publisher (April 7, 2020)
- Publication date : April 7, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 3233 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 282 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #392,200 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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1. Be sure to gloss over, by devoting only a small amount of time, focusing on any people or situations you may actually enjoy, like evenings with friends or fishing in beautiful surroundings. Instead spend the majority of your time whining about everything you find irritating such as people who want to negotiate lower prices, the evils of large online booksellers, low margins, or employees that do the opposite of what you ask of them.
2. If your industry has changed and is now primarily conducted online and using shipping services, make sure that you learn as little as possible about the technology you employ. This will ensure that several days will go by on a regular basis with the site not working and what little money you might have made gone like the wind.
3. Never notice anyone dressed appropriately or conducting themselves well. Instead be sure to make note of every socks with sandals type you run across. If done correctly this will give the impression that your small world is dominated by people with poor taste. If done with very little humor, this can make you even more dull than this review already suggests.
4. Ensure that no matter how tedious or dull you may find your day to day existence, you are too cranky or curmudgeonly to put any effort or energy into reinventing yourself and working at something you might actually enjoy.
Although it was an excellent book for learning how not to live, I don’t recommend it to anyone currently in quarantine as its pessimistic tone is not likely to improve your outlook under a period of duress. PS I hope the guy who wrote the book is a perfectly nice guy who isn’t as pessimistic as he made himself for this book.
Top reviews from other countries
Interesting fact: this book is almost identical to "The Diary of a Bookseller". Seriously, it is uncanny. The rhythm of days, rainy weather, book festival, out-of-date eclairs from a nearby supermarket. But, thanks to the presence of one Italian madam (or should I say signorina), I can assure you this is NOT a carbon copy of the Bythell's debut.
In any case, the book is a true page-turner, sweet, curious and, occasionally, funny. Explain this to me! I guess for the lover of books (and observer of people), you cannot really write a better book. Can you?
I loved "The Diary of a Bookseller" so much that at the end of 2018 I bought myself a membership in the Random Book Club. Sadly, I did not read any of the books sent to me because all of them were quite peculiar in nature. I cancelled my subscription. Sorry, Shaun.
But these books, both the "Diary..." and the "Confessions" are amazing! Thoroughly recommend for a long week on quarantine.
And to sum up with a great quote from one of the characters: “A tidy house is a sign of a dull woman.” True that.
And if you like the book - take the time to visit Wigtown, this bookshop and all the others! It's a great place and a great part of the world to visit for a while.
One entry on August 13th: "Finished 'Lucky Jim.' Flo in today, so I hid, and then went to have my hair cut."
That's on page 202. A bad idea to just print his diary.
Some of the comments about customers, and about people who want to sell him books are definitely interesting. There should have been more of that, instead of just printing his diary for one year, with all of the uninteresting day to day routines in the shop, that are definitely not “confessions,”
I might read his first book - some say that that book was more interesting than this one.