"When we read, we start at the beginning and continue until we reach the end. When we write, we start in the middle and fight our way out." - Vickie Karp
Sunday, 24 August 2014
The Bookshop, Wigtown
So, Shaun who runs The Bookshop in Wigtown is one of my favourite people. He's like Bernard Black in overdrive and sometimes I'm surprised he has any customers left at all (I personally think he has a secret basement where he tortures the ones he really hates). But people still keep going to his bookshop. Why? Because his passive-aggressive shopkeeper ways are so quintessentially British it almost comes across as charming. (Also, he's a bit brilliant.) He's the first person featured in The Bookshop Book. Check out his facebook page - I'm sure it'll make you giggle. In the mean time, here he is a video of him fixing a malfunctioning Kindle... ;)
PS. You can find me at the Wigtown Book Festival on the 5th October. :)
Jen Campbell is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' series, and 'The Bookshop Book.' She's also an award-winning poet and short story writer. Her poetry collection 'The Hungry Ghost Festival' is published by The Rialto and she is currently writing a short story collection. She runs a Booktube channel over at youtube.com/jenvcampbell
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From the oldest bookshop in the world, to the smallest you could imagine, The Bookshop Book examines the history of books, talks to authors about their favourite places, and looks at over three hundred weirdly wonderful bookshops across six continents (sadly, we’ve yet to build a bookshop down in the South Pole). The Bookshop Book is a love letter to bookshops all around the world.