Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
“This is why, every morning, getting out of bed is not in anticipation of a repetitive drudge but in expectation that I may have the chance to hold in my hands a copy of something that first brought to humanity an idea that changed the course of history…”
CONFESSIONS OF A BOOKSELLER
Shaun Bythell owns the largest bookshop in Scotland. Their stock is extensive and varied, and covers nearly a mile of shelving. His website warns to watch out for the cat. As a lover of cats, owning one myself, I was thrilled to think of a cat wandering around Shaun’s bookshop. The store is dog friendly, but as Shaun states, “the shop’s resident cat has been with us for about ten years. He is, without question, the biggest cat in Wigtown, and possibly Scotland. He hates dogs, so if you have one, be warned.”
I was drawn to this book for a number of reasons, and I’m grateful to Godine Publishers for the gifted copy. The book (which is soon to be a major TV series), gives us an inside look into the joys and frustrations of a life lived in books. The reader has the chance to dive into Shaun’s personal diary entries over the course of one year.
Each month opens with a summary and information on books and booksellers, giving the reader an even more in depth look and an idea of the book selling climate at that particular time.
At the beginning of each day, Shaun states what orders he’s had and if he’s actually found the books he’s sold. I like to imagine him wandering around the store trying to find the books. Will he find the books or not? I wonder. He has more than 100,000 titles in the store, so it’s no surprise that he might not always find the books.
|Courtesy of Shaun's GoodReads|
Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town, and also one of the organisers of the Wigtown Festival. When not working amongst The Bookshop’s mile of shelving, Shaun’s hobbies include eavesdropping on customers, uploading book-themed re-workings of Sugarhill Gang songs to YouTube and shooting Amazon Kindles in the wild.