Shaun Bythell is a second-hand bookseller in Wigtown, and is the author of two books about book-selling. His third, will be published in November. It is guaranteed to offend almost everyone who has ever crossed the threshold of a book shop.
In celebration of the life of Simon Heald, owner of Slightly Foxed Books and Patron of this Festival.
Shaun’s The Diary of a Bookseller is soon to be a major TV series. If you enter his shop, here’s a word of advice – don’t mention Amazon! This is a man who shot a Kindle and wall-mounted it!
Reviews of Shaun’s books about owning a second-hand bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland’s Book Town:
‘Warm, witty and laugh-out-loud funny, this gently meandering tale of British eccentricity will stay long in the memory’. Daily Mail
‘Funny and fascinating in equal measure – a must for all those of us who haunt the sepulchres where old books are laid to rest’. Anthony McGowan
‘The Diary Of A Bookseller is warm (unlike Bythell’s freezing-cold shop) and funny, and deserves to become one of those bestsellers that irritate him so much’. Jon Dennis Mail on Sunday
‘Wonderfully entertaining’. Observer
‘Utterly compelling and Bythell has a Bennett-like eye for the amusing eccentricities of ordinary people … I urge you to buy this book and please, even at the risk of being insulted or moaned at, buy it from a real live bookseller’. Charlotte Heathcote Sunday Express
‘Laconic, droll, opinionated and unconvincingly misanthropic … Wigtown’s Pepys’. Alan Taylor Times Literary Supplement
Shaun’s website: www.the-bookshop.com