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Confessions of a Bookseller

por Shaun Bythell

Séries: Bookseller (2)

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"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 neurotic Italian assistant who likes digging for river mud to make poultices.The Diary of a Bookseller (soon to be a major TV series) introduced us to the joys and frustrations of life lived in books. Sardonic and sympathetic in equal measure, Confessions of a Bookseller will reunite readers with the characters they've come to know and love.… (mais)
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Third diary I’ve read of Shaun’s. Find these a comforting, charming read, & enjoyed his lock-down Facebook quizzes. With what he makes in a day, I don’t quite understand how he can afford to remain open. But so glad that he does. We will miss these quiet havens when they are gone. ( )
  LARA335 | Mar 5, 2021 |
More day-to-day snark and good humor (if not cheer). ( )
  sleahey | Nov 1, 2020 |
This is the second volume in Shaun Bythell’s diaries about running The Book Shop in Wigtown, Scotland. I found that the first volume contained more hilarious incidents; this one is more contemplative as Shaun turns 45 and reflects on his life so far. But there are still occasions to chuckle as Shaun goes on book-buying expeditions; accommodates a live-in summer helper whose eccentricities rival and cancel out those of his primary assistant, Nicky; and tests his patience mightily with some of the sillier things customers say. My favourite “character”, if one can have a favourite character in stories about real people, is “Mole-Man”, the quiet and voracious reader who comes in, scuttles around collecting a variety of interesting books, pays, and leaves. Shaun likes him because he never attempts to engage him in conversation.

This volume also features walk-on appearances by people running The Open Book, a bookstore with an Airbnb above it where you can rent the Airbnb and run the bookstore for a week. That would be a lot of fun or very stressful—I think I’d want to deliberately choose a low-traffic time of year, rather than, say, Wigtown Book Festival time.

I’d recommend this if you liked the first volume of Shaun’s diaries, if you like books about booksellers, or if you fantasize about running your own bookshop—this might cure you of the rosier delusions :) ( )
  rabbitprincess | Sep 6, 2020 |
Not quite as good as The diary of a a bookseller but nevertheless really good. The star, apart from the author, is Emanuela, the Italian placement trainee, more affectionately called Granny. As well as very funny, the book is also informative about the book trade, books themselves and the Galloway life and landscape. I look forward to the next one. ( )
  jon1lambert | Jul 1, 2020 |
Another entertaining read by Shaun Bythell on the ins and outs of running a second hand book store. As with the original, "Confessions of a Bookseller" follows a diary style format where Bythell describes the daily events in his bookstore and in the small town of Wigtown. There are plenty of amusing anecdotes covering the various weird and whacky customers, staff, issues in dealing with on-line bookseller platforms, and the lifecycle of the town. I was very pleased to note that the shop seems to be turning over more profit than described in the previous book, and that the cat, Captain, is still very much on the scene. An entertaining and enjoyable read. ( )
  SarahEBear | May 9, 2020 |
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"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 neurotic Italian assistant who likes digging for river mud to make poultices.The Diary of a Bookseller (soon to be a major TV series) introduced us to the joys and frustrations of life lived in books. Sardonic and sympathetic in equal measure, Confessions of a Bookseller will reunite readers with the characters they've come to know and love.

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