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Like Black Books, but Scottish

The owner of what is now one of the best known bookshops in the world is in Wellington this week to talk about his funny, angry diary of a year dealing with customers and online giants.

The second largest second hand bookshop in Scotland is in in Wigtown, in the southwestern coastal region of Galloway. It’s run by Shaun Bythell, whose unexpected hit book, Diary of a Bookseller, chronicles a year in the life of the bookshop, which contains over 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving along twisting corridors, its time-wasting customers, and struggle for survival in the age of Amazon and Google.

Shaun Bythell is visiting New Zealand for WORD Christchurch, and is stopping off first in Wellington, thanks to LitCrawl, WORD, British Council and Creative Scotland.

He’ll be appearing at just the one talk, with local author Megan Dunn, herself a former bookseller, on Wednesday 29 August from 8.30pm at Meow, 9 Edward Street.