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Confessions of a Bookseller: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER (edição 2020)

por Shaun Bythell (Autor)

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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Título:Confessions of a Bookseller: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
Autores:Shaun Bythell (Autor)
Informação:Profile Books (2020), Edition: Main, 336 pages
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Confessions of a Bookseller por Shaun Bythell

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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 |
It sounds perfect, a mile of bookshelves, 100,000 books to choose from, open fires, a bookshop cat and when you have selected your purchases then you can take a walk down to the sea to sit and read them. This place can be found in Scotland’s book town, Wigtown, and if you were a visitor you’d hope that the proprietor, Shawn Bythell would be pleased to see every customer who walked in the door. Well, he is, sometimes, but he often isn’t…

“Do you have a list of your books, or do I just have to stare at them?”

Inundated with requests from customers that range from the regular requests for a particular copy of a book, people wanting to take selfies with the kindle to the slightly strange and often the outright bizarre requests from customers who really are not engaging their brains before opening their mouths. He also has to battle with those that think nothing of selecting a number of books off the shelf, coming up to the counter and then offering a paltry sum for the books that they want. No one would think of doing that in any other shop, so why should he be different.

He is still buying collections of books, from people who think that their value is far and above what he is prepared to pay. And every now and again he finds a gem of a book in those collections, however, I never cease to be amazed just how many he takes to be pulped. He lists the book via Amazon and Abe books, and while I can see that if a book listed will get snapped up, he frequently gets a book in the day after someone has asked for it…

Amazon is the bane of his life. The Monsoon system that they have to use to sell through Amazon seems not to work most of the time. They don’t get the orders, so, therefore, have no way of knowing what to ship and the customer rightly complains that they haven’t had the book yet. It makes the shop look bad, even though they are not at fault in any way and Amazon berates them and holds onto their money for longer.

On top of all that he has to cope with belligerent staff, one of whom has a unique way of stacking the books on the shelves and around the shop and he is assisted by an Italian lady who is working for free but gets board and lodgings. His home fills up with people during the festival, bits of the wall fall off the building and he has a few hangovers to cope with. I thought that this was a really good follow up to his first book, Diary of a Bookseller. It is hilarious at times and occasionally quite melancholy. He is not afraid to talk about the problems facing those in the new and second-hand book trade and the massive problems caused by Amazon. I liked the way that he shows his daily takings and the books ordered online compared to those found. So go missing because of customers and others because of erratic filing… Somehow through all of this he manages to only be slightly sarcastic some of the time, exasperated most of the time and I have this sneaky feeling that he wouldn’t be anywhere else. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 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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