Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops

A wickedly witty field guide to bookstore customers from the Person Who Doesn’t Know What They Want (But Thinks It Might Have a Blue Cover) to the harried Parents Secretly After Free Childcare.

It does take all kinds. If you visit bookshops more often than the grocery store, you’ll recognize the types. There’s the Expert (with subspecies from the Bore to the Helpful Person), the Young Family (ranging from the Exhausted to the Aspirational), Occultists (from Conspiracy Theorist to Craft Woman).

Then there’s the Loiterer (including the Erotica Browser and the Self-Published Author), the Bearded Pensioner (including the Lyrca Clad), the The Not-So-Silent Traveller (the Whistler, Sniffer, Hummer, Farter, and Tutter), and the Family Historian (generally Americans who come to Shaun’s shop in Wigtown, Scotland).

Two bonus sections include Staff and, finally, Perfect Customer — all from Shaun Bythell (author of Confessions of a Bookseller), the funniest sell-and-tell observer in the house of books.
This is the perfect read for anyone who ever felt a bookstore was home. You’ve been spotted! Or have you?

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Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop, the largest second-hand bookshop in Scotland, and also one of the organizers of the Wigtown Book Festival. His internationally-bestselling first book, The Diary of a Bookseller, has been translated into twenty-three languages and Dwight Garner (New York Times) called it “Among the most irascible and amusing bookseller memoirs I’ve read.”

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.