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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

If ever a book could persuade you to leave your present hectic life, and escape to a countryside town where you could bury yourself in the local life, have an income in the form of a bookshop and be so very comfortable, this is it.

Shaun has a bookshop catering for a very wide, eclectic audience. The requests are wide ranging and very often accompanied by bizarre statements. Shaun is also easily put upon and is easy going from offering coffee free to the free wifi to the facilities. He seems to have utmost patience with adults and children who rummage, involve him in inane conversation and finally end up buying nothing.

In the form of a daily diary, this book was a delight to read. I carried my kindle with me to appointments in order that I could sneak in a few pages as this was one of those unputdownable books.

Loved it from the word go. I understand it is to be made into a TV series. Wonderful.

Sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Profile Books.


  1. Sounds great, I hope he made enough for a living out of it.

  2. I suppose most readers are attracted to books about bookstores, and I'm certainly one of them. I also like that it is in the form of diary entries. :) Thanks for the heads up, Mystica!

  3. I think that might be the dream of every reader.

  4. I've heard mixed reviews about this one. I do like the sound of it. I would definitely be interested in watching a television version.

  5. Loved this one too. Cheers from carole's chatter

  6. This does sound good! Thanks for the review.