Category: Book Reviews

Apart from the conclusion of Bythell’s connection with Anna, it’s largely business as usual concerning the supporting cast of figures like Nicky, a fellow worker who regularly sources her meals by the bins next to Morrisons, and Sandy, a tattooed pagan and normal client. The coming of Emanuela, the Italian intern with a massive appetite that gets the nickname Granny because of her many disorders and bad vision, provides much amusement during her stay in Wigtown on the summertime. Even Bythell develops a soft spot for her at the end. Running a secondhand bookshop might seem like a dream occupation for most people but anybody who’s worked in a customer-facing role will love the frustrations brought on by hard customers that Bythell recounts here, in particular those who try to haggle over 1. 50 paperback, publicly hunt for names on Amazon while surfing the store or provide lengthy anecdotes in the till that are impossible to escape . But it’s also reassuring to find that novel dealing is a job which only attracts individuals that are genuinely educated and enthused about it instead of those trying to rip off people (after all, there are lots of different businesses that are much more financially profitable ). In addition to running the store, the truth of bookselling from the 21st century implies that Bythell spends a great deal of time promoting books online through eBay, AbeBooks and Amazon. He frequently travels to auctions and home clearances so as to buy inventory and that I especially enjoyed how he communicates the sensation of delight the next auction will hold some uncommon and intriguing titles — the exact same sense of expectation that lots of readers will encounter when entering a bookshop. Confessions of a Bookseller from Shaun Bythell

If you liked The Annals of a Bookseller, then the next quantity of Shaun Bythell’s accounts of conducting a sizable second-hand bookshop at Wigtown, Scotland will appeal. It’s very much …