Title: Confessions of a Bookseller
Author: Shaun Bythell
Pages: 328 Pages
Publisher: Profile Books
“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.
I loved The Diary of a Bookseller so when I heard a second book was coming out I was quick to buy it. Less quick to read it but quick to buy it. It was full of the same type of funny stories we found in the first book, the same colourful cast of people in Shaun Bythell’s life along with some new faces and the same old difficulties that come with working in the second hand book trade. Quite frankly, this book was like a hug.
I really hope that Shaun continues to write about the witty things that happen throughout his days. I, for one, would love another instalment.
Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell is available now.
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