Blurb; 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?
My Review; This is a short story at just under 130 pages. So an easy read for me. Layed out beautifully. It is exactly what the title says… A look into the people you will find if you run a second hand bookshop. A great insight. I did find myself trying to spot which group of characters I was but believe they didn’t included huge bookworm, friendly, introvert and buys lots of books etc.
Some of the characters described had me laughing out loud! I bet a second hand Bookseller has really seen it all to be honest. It is an honest, sometimes brutal description of each person that enters the shop. We are all different remember. The author also mentions his least favourite characters and his most favourite characters. Also includes some tips for those who do enter his bookshop!
With second hand bookshops very rare these days and competition with amazon we need to respect and use them. I enjoyed it! I cant wait to read his other books and I wish him all the success with his bookshop. A well deserved four stars from me.