This continuation of Shaun Bythell’s diary recounts the not so normal life of a bookseller, and as a former bookstore employee I felt his pain.
Brilliant, funny, intelligent, smart, snarky, warm, lovely, I could go on but all you need know is I am mad about this book! From dealing with employees and Wigtown neighbors (Nicky’s Foodie Fridays, Petra’s belly dancing classes, Granny’s embryotic English) to musings on encounters with customers “Some customers are talkative…It is the talkers I guard against”, I laughed out loud more times than I can count. I also found tidbits of information on topics such as bookplates, circulating libraries, gutta-percha bindings to be very enjoyable. This book is a must read for anyone who loves books.
My thanks to NetGalley and Profile Books for the advanced reader copy made available for my review.