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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 than a mile of shelving real log fires in the shop and the sea lapping nearby the shop should be an idyll for bookworms Shaun Bythell takes us through a year of his life in 2015 as a second hand bookseller a financially precarious business in the small Scottish town of Wigtown This is a biographical read guaranteed to delight all of us book obsessives and those curious about the nature of the book trade in all its glories and vagaries narrated by a man who describes himself as both cantankerous and a curmudgeon It is in the format of a diary where every entry gives us information on the amount of online orders and orders found the day s weather the total taken at the till and the number of customers who come into the shop Nicky a woman in her late forties is the sole remaining employee left with her foodie Fridays and there are belly dancing classes that take place in the store The bookshop has over a mile of shelving real log fires a dream destination for all book loversBythell gives us a real sense of Wigtown s community that includes many from from various parts of Europe and the American Anna Shaun s partner for five years who has slotted into the area with ease although their relationship breaks up thanks to what he refers as his fear of commitment as he continues to miss her We follow him as he makes trips to buy book collections and meets their owners books sent to FBA fulfilled by because there is insufficient space in the shop despite his hatred of and Kindles He finds scraps of paper in old books that turn out to be worth a lot valuable than he could ever have expected His love of books is unmistakable the pleasure he gets from handling books and from reading His descriptions and accounts of customers are a joy to read about some real oddballs abound such as those who cannot differentiate between a bookshop and a library in search of a book they have practically no information about and many other embarrassing scenariosThis is a fun and entertaining read often hilarious that provides a real sense of place and community of the memorable Shaun his life and his bookshop It is full of eccentric and uirky characters not to mention the unforgettable Granny home invasions and book festivals I can imagine it appealing to many readers many of whom probably dream of running a bookstore with its eye opening account of just how difficult it is to survive in this business sector Highly recommended Many thanks to Profile Books for an ARC

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Iary 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 eual measure Confessions of a Bookseller will reunite readers with the characters they've come to know and love It sounds perfect a mile of bookshelves 100000 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 reuests from customers that range from the regular reuests for a particular copy of a book people wanting to take selfies with the kindle to the slightly strange and often the outright bizarre reuests 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 differentHe 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 and Abe books and while I can see that if a book listed will get snapped up he freuently gets a book in the day after someone has asked for it is the bane of his life The Monsoon system that they have to use to sell through 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 berates them and holds onto their money for longerOn top of all that he has to cope with belligerent staff one of whom has a uniue 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 uite 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 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

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Unfortunately Shaun also has to contend with bizarre reuests 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 D I enjoyed this book and would especially recommend it for those who read and liked The Diary of a Bookseller by the same author He owns the second largest second hand bookstore in Scotland in Wigtown situated in the southwest of ScotlandI could have sworn Nicky left for another job by the end of the last book but she is back in this book She s pretty funny Shaun at times pays her compliments to us not her but mostly he is down on her to the reader I don t know whether to her personallyI get the feeling he does not ridicule her to her face A young woman from Italy volunteers to work at the bookshop the entire summer for free in exchange for room and board Her name is Emanuela but soon after she starts work because she is always complaining about her various maladies she acuires the nickname of Granny I dunno maybe the first time she playfully swears to Shaun it is somewhat shocking but humorous but thereafter it gets a bit old as she swears like a sailor in many of his diary entries Oh I forgot to mention This is his diary of his life and his bookstore starting from January 1 2015 to December 31 2015 At the beginning and end of each entry he informs us about such minutiae as what s in the till how many customers he had that day number of online orders and orders found Each month starts off with a passage from another book about second hand bookshops and selling The Intimate Thoughts of John Baxter Bookseller by Augustus Muir London Methuen Co Ltd1942Oh yeah and he has this annoying habit of feeding back to us how EmanuelaGranny talks I guess it was supposed to be funny but it started to get a bit old for me I like to read a books a which have been read by many many people I love a the folded corners of books a because it makes me wonder what caused the person to stop a reading at this point What a happened Did the cat need a to be fed Did the police a knock on the door a to tell you that your husband had been killed Or did you just need a go for a piss All of these a things all of them make you fink about a the other people who have read a the book Ha hathat is a funnyBythell is the same sardonic self as he was in his last book and I guess some people are put off by him but I think if he was a Mr Rogers from Mr Roger s Neighborhood the book would be borrrrring Some of his observations and some of the stuff that comes out his customer s mouths are uite interesting and or funny He typically gives us the weather for each day and I like that because I like rainy days to curl up with a book and there certainly were enough of those days where his bookshop was located He made many a run to different homes to assess books the person at the home wanted to sell and that was interesting enough For those people who think owning a second hand bookshop in which one wants to have their head above water ie be solvent make money than lose money is easy find some other business to start I would have to guess that so many different businesses have been adversely affected by the Covid pandemic and I would think second hand bookshops are one cluster of businesses that have been harmed But I don t know that for a factcertainly there has been time being at home and so maybe book sales have been positively affected as this is a leisure time activity Reviewsdefinitely worth reading is his website for The Bookshop


10 thoughts on “Confessions of a Bookseller

  1. says:

    Shaun Bythell takes us through a year of his life in 2015 as a second hand bookseller a financially precarious business in the small Scottish town of Wigtown This is a biographical read guaranteed to delight all of us book obsessives and those curious about the nature of the book trade in all its glories and vagaries narrated by a man who describes himself as both cantankerous and a curmudgeon It is in the format of a diary where every en

  2. says:

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewAfter enjoying the first book from Shaun Bythell The Diary of a Booksel

  3. says:

    More of the same but I enjoyed it as much as his first book Light reading in worrying times

  4. says:

    Another enjoyable diary of a year in the life of a used bookseller in Scotland Like the previous book I read a few entries every night I see fro

  5. says:

    I enjoyed this book and would especially recommend it for those who read and liked The Diary of a Bookseller by the same author He

  6. says:

    the latest book in the bookseller series is enjoyable its funny as it documents a year in the shop with the different customers and the characters the book doesn't disappoint

  7. says:

    This is an absolute delight Shaun Bythell brings to life the trials tribulations and thoughts of a independent bookshop owner The approach is in diary form from 1st January to 31 December 2015 where the year starts with the shop which is located in the Scottish town of Wigtown in Dumfries and Galloway closed for New Year's DayIt is endlessly entertaining and genuinely laugh out loud in places Customers those oh so wanted people come in man

  8. says:

    35 This picks up right where The Diary of a Bookseller left off and carries through the whole of 2015 So long as you keep in

  9. says:

    It sounds perfect a mile of bookshelves 100000 books to choose from open fires a bookshop cat and when you have selected y

  10. says:

    The second book by Wigtown Scotland book store owner Shaun Bythell is another amusing look at the life of a book seller He i