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The Diary of a Bookseller

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The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
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Jul 16, 2019 | ISBN 9781612198163

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”Among the most irascible and amusing bookseller memoirs I’ve ever read.” —Dwight Garner, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“For anyone who has ever dreamed of owning a bookstore. Bythell’s hilarious account will have those in the industry crying and those otherwise employed dropping their resume off at their local indie.” THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
“Bythell writes with biting humor . . . [He] is a man on a mission, and a year seen through his eyes convinces the reader that it is a mission worthy of undertaking.” THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
“Warm and funny, and deserves to become one of those bestsellers that irritate [Bythell] so much.” THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
“Entertaining and dryly humorous . . . the book is fascinating.” THE MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE
“With wit and humility, Bythell, owner of a used bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland, chronicles a year in the life of a bookseller . . . Bythell’s narrative is lively and intelligent.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
“Sure to bring book lovers chuckles, nods of recognition and a surge of hope for bookshops everywhere.” SHELF AWARENESS
“Excruciatingly funny.” BOOKLIST
“Makes for entertaining reading . . . he has a keen waggishness which makes his reflections funny and memorable and this book a hoot.” THE MEMPHIS FLYER
“A cheerfully depressing account of independent bookselling today—deadpan, ruthless, poignant, and at times, so charming it’s almost unbelievable . . . surprisingly touching.” QUARTZ
“Warm, witty and laugh-out-loud funny…will stay long in the memory.” THE DAILY MAIL
“Wonderfully entertaining.” THE OBSERVER (London)
“Peopled with fascinating characters . . . laugh-out-loud funny.” THE SUNDAY HERALD
“It is hysterical. Anything that anyone ever wanted to know about what a bookseller really thinks is in here.” —Caitlin Luce Baker, University Bookstore
“Outspoken, hilarious and thought-provoking . . . It’s the best inducement I’ve ever come across to set aside my occasional flirtation with e-readers, walk into a bookstore and get my hands on the real thing.” BOOKREPORTER
“Often hilarious . . . The Diary of a Bookseller is a charming mix of wacky characters and caustic diatribe, an ode to that perilous trade.” THE RECORD

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