Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops
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Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of Pages: 144
Width: 12 cm
Height: 18.4 cm
**From the Sunday Times Bestselling Author** In twenty years behind the till in The Bookshop, Wigtown, Shaun Bythell has met pretty much every kind of customer there is - from the charming, erudite and deep-pocketed to the eccentric, flatulent and possibly larcenous. In Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops he distils the essence of his experience into a warm, witty and quirky taxonomy of the book-loving public. So, step inside to meet the crafty Antiquarian, the shy and retiring Erotica Browser and gormless yet strangely likeable shop assistant Student Hugo - along with much loved bookseller favourites like the passionate Sci-Fi Fan, the voracious Railway Collector and the ever-elusive Perfect Customer.
Funny -- Mark Mason * Daily Mail * Bythell is having fun and it's infectious ... actually amusing -- Fiona Shepherd * Scotsman * Bythell has a good ear for the absurd and a mundane telemarketing call becomes comedy gold ... For all Bythell's self-flagellation, he comes across as a generous, largely genial figure. It is hard to go for more than a few pages without finding him cooking for staying guests or drinking with friends until the small hours. * The Times * All the ingredients for a gentle human comedy are here, as soothing as a bag of boiled sweets and just as tempting to dip into. * Literary Review * Written with caustic wit...a diverting and congenial read. * Bookmunch * Any reader finding this book in their stocking on Christmas morning should feel lucky ... contains plenty to amuse - an excellent diversion * Bookmunch * Crisp and often funny - and Bythell is canny enough to temper his pantomime misanthropy with bursts of sweetness -- Sam Leith * Guardian *