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Author: Shaun Bythell Narrator: Peter Kenny Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2020 ISBN: 9781094178790
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This book is the next best thing to visiting your favorite bookstorebookshop cat not included.

Go behind the scenes at The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland, with owner Shaun Bythell. Inside a Georgian townhouse with a stone façade on the Wigtown highroad, jammed with more than 100,000 books and one portly shop cat, Shaun manages the daily ups and downs of running Scotland’s largest used bookshop with a sharp eye and even sharper wit. His account of one year behind the counter is something no book lover should miss.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Among the most irascible and amusing bookseller memoirs I’ve ever read.”

    New York Times

  • “A heartwarming love letter to books and bookshops, by an amenable fellow turned antisocial old misanthrope…Brilliant.”

    The Guardian (London)

  • “A full, appealing world populated with colorful characters. The Scottish landscape…is gorgeous.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “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.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “The author entertains readers with eccentric character portraits and stories of his life in the book trade…Irascibly droll and sometimes elegiac, this is an engaging account of bookstore life…bighearted, sobering, and humane.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Bythell nurtures his curmudgeonly image and pens droll summaries of daily annoyances…Short of a flight to Scotland, Confessions of a Bookseller is the quickest escape to a seaside village where books reign.”

    Shelf Awareness (starred review)

  • “An enveloping account from the front lines of an industry in flux.”


  • A Washington Post Pick
  •  A Kirkus Reviews Pick of Five New Books

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About the Author

Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop, the largest second-hand bookshop in Scotland. When not working amongst The Bookshop’s mile of shelving, Shaun’s hobbies include eavesdropping on customers, uploading book-themed re-workings of Sugarhill Gang songs to YouTube and shooting Amazon Kindles in the wild. He lives in Wigtown, Scotland.

About the Narrator

Peter Kenny, an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a talented and experienced actor, voice-over artist, singer, musician, and designer, with over twenty-five years of experience working in theater, film, television, and audio. He has achieved great critical acclaim for multicharacter recordings of audiobooks by authors such as Iain Banks, Christopher Priest, and Edmund St Aubyn.