The Diary of a Bookseller

Author: Shaun Bythell

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1782833633

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Love, Nina meets Black Books: a wry and hilarious account of life in Scotland's biggest second-hand bookshop and the band of eccentrics and book-obsessives who work there '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.' (Mail on Sunday) '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) Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. It contains 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving, with twisting corridors and roaring fires, and all set in a beautiful, rural town by the edge of the sea. A book-lover's paradise? Well, almost ... In these wry and hilarious diaries, Shaun provides an inside look at the trials and tribulations of life in the book trade, from struggles with eccentric customers to wrangles with his own staff, who include the ski-suit-wearing, bin-foraging Nicky. He takes us with him on buying trips to old estates and auction houses, recommends books (both lost classics and new discoveries), introduces us to the thrill of the unexpected find, and evokes the rhythms and charms of small-town life, always with a sharp and sympathetic eye.
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Confessions of a Bookseller

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

Author: Shaun Bythell

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1782835393

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'Irreverently funny ... kept me giggling all week.' Scotland on Sunday "Do you have a list of your books, or do I just have to stare at them?" Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland. With more than a mile of shelving, real log fires in the shop and the sea lapping nearby, the shop should be an idyll for bookworms. Unfortunately, Shaun also has to contend with bizarre requests from people who don't understand what a shop is, home invasions during the Wigtown Book Festival and Granny, his neurotic Italian assistant who likes digging for river mud to make poultices. The Diary of a Bookseller (soon to be a major TV series) introduced us to the joys and frustrations of life lived in books. Sardonic and sympathetic in equal measure, Confessions of a Bookseller will reunite readers with the characters they've come to know and love.
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The Day of the Crescent

Author: G. E. Hubbard

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110767929X

Category: History

Page: 286

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Originally published in 1920, this book surveys the history and character of the people of Turkey through selected extracts from travelogues.
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The Diary of Karl Süssheim (1878-1947)

Orientalist Between Munich and Istanbul

Author: Karl Süssheim,Barbara Flemming,Jan Schmidt

Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag

ISBN: 9783515075732

Category: History

Page: 334

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"A selected translation of the diary kept by the German orientalist Karl S'ussheim"--Pref.
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Two Yorkshire Diaries

The Diary of Arthur Jessop and Ralph Ward's Journal

Author: Arthur Jessop,Ralph Ward,C. E. Whiting

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108058396

Category: History

Page: 256

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These are insightful first-hand accounts, first published in 1952, of everyday life in rural Yorkshire in the mid-eighteenth century.
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Diary of Charles Francis Adams

Author: Charles Francis Adams

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674204027

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 942

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A man's twenty-seventh year is "critical," according to Charles Francis Adams. And so his proved. Twenty-five at the start of these volumes, Adams had yet to embark on the public career that would mark him a statesman, but by their conclusion he had been drawn into the maelstrom of politics. It was an unwilling plunge, dictated by what both he and his father, John Quincy Adams, regarded as betrayal of the elder Adams by Daniel Webster and his Whigs. Once in, however, he showed himself politically adept. This diary, kept from January 1833 to June 1836 and hitherto unpublished, has elements of hidden personal drama. Through private meetings and caucuses and newspaper articles signed with pseudonyms, the younger Adams found effective means to carry on political activities in the face of dilemmas posed by his father's public prominence, his father-in-law's contrary persuasions, and his own preferences. He emerged with growing self-respect and solid accomplishment as political journalist - his initial vocation. The diary has fresh disclosures also about the personality of John Quincy Adams, shrewdly assessed by an observer uniquely placed to interpret domestic scenes as well as the greatly waged struggles in Washington against the Southern "slaveocracy" and 'gag rules." Colorful figures in Boston's political and social life are finely etched in outspoken appraisals characteristic of the Adamses. The diarist shows acuteness too in comments on books, sermons, paintings, the theater, and opera.
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A History of Booksellers

The Old and the New

Author: Henry Curwen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108021433

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 526

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First published in 1874, A History of Booksellers illustrates the close relationship between publishers, authors and their public. Curwen develops his theme by means of anecdotal and entertaining studies of individual British publishing houses, mostly from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a brief survey of earlier periods.
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