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A hilarious new memoir reveals the absurd business of selling books today
The owner of The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop, publishes his insightful diaries about bookselling. A good customer is someone who buys even a single book without attempting to haggle the price down. Being a bookseller clearly requires the patience of a saint. I could go on, but you get the picture. I am getting rid of everything that runs on electricity.
It contains , books, spread over a mile of shelving, with twisting corridors and roaring fires, and all set in a beautiful, rural town by the edge of the sea. A book-lover's paradise? Well, almost In these wry and hilarious diaries, Shaun provides an inside look at the trials and tribulations of life in the book trade, from struggles with eccentric customers to wrangles with his own staff, who include the ski-suit-wearing, bin-foraging Nicky. He takes us with him on buying trips to old estates and auction houses, recommends books both lost classics and new discoveries , introduces us to the thrill of the unexpected find, and evokes the rhythms and charms of small-town life, always with a sharp and sympathetic eye. Don't do anything before you read Shaun Bythell
Bythell took over the store in , at age Starting in early , he kept a daily journal of store happenings for one year. The two are locked in a weekly battle of mutual torment, Nicky moving On the Origin of Species to the fiction section, and Bythell retaliating by placing the Bible with novels. Bythell is often as charmingly unlikeable as his customers, ridiculing them in the book and online. His employees appear mostly incompetent. The circus aside, the book is rich with information about the business of bookselling, including a description of an ingenious online scam to reduce book prices.