Praise for Remainders of the Day and The Bookshop Diary series
"A charming look at a small-town bookstore, its owner, and the people he meets....Bythell's dry humor and skeptical view of humanity make for a very funny take on his business."
"Delightful....Bythell could be mistaken for a misanthrope, but he's a more complicated host than that....he's curious, observant, and appreciative of individual foibles, quirks, and flaws....set time aside for Remainders of the Day
–Foreword Reviews, starred review
"Bythell's understated wit is at its best in his observations of the many quirky people who find their way into The Bookshop, Scotland's largest secondhand bookstore...the author's thoughtful eccentricity makes for entertaining reading. A refreshingly human narrative."
"What comes through strongly is Shaun Bythell's obvious love of books and affection for those who spend their lives reading them, buying them–or giving him material for his next volume."
"Among the most irascible and amusing bookseller memoirs I've ever read."
–Dwight Garner, New York Times
"Shaun Bythell's wicked pen and keen eye for the absurd recall what comic Ricky Gervais might say if he ran a bookshop."
–Wall Street Journal
"Something of Bythell's curmudgeonly charm may be glimpsed in the slogan he scribbles on his shop's blackboard: 'Avoid social interaction: always carry a book.' "
"Warm, witty and laugh-out-loud funny..."
"Bythell is a skillful writer . . . he creates a full, appealing world populated with colorful characters. The Scottish landscape–geese flying over the salt marsh, the meandering river where he likes to fish–is gorgeous . . . an endearing and thoughtful book."
–Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Equal parts preposterous and profound, sure to prove irresistible to fellow bibliophiles."
"Bythell writes with biting humor . . . he is a man on a mission, and a year seen through his eyes convinces the reader that is a mission worthy of undertaking."
"An enveloping account from the front lines of an industry in flux."
"Bythell remains an unwavering correspondent whose daily rambles reminds us of the joy in real bookshops."
–Fine Books & Collections Magazine
"A bookseller in Wigtown, Scotland, recounts a year in his life as a small-town dealer of secondhand books....Irascibly droll and sometimes elegiac, this is an engaging account of bookstore life from the vanishing front lines of the brick-and-mortar retail industry. Bighearted, sobering, and humane."
"Bythell's witty descriptions of cheap customers, the drudgery and comfort of his daily routines and the consistent weather manages to create a sense of place strong enough to capture my flittery mind for long enough to feel settled-in near his fire."
–Portland Herald Press