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Shaun Bythell

Shaun Bythell: Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops

Saturday 29 May | 6.30 - 7.30pm

£8 Venue: Carriage Shop Theatre, Derby College (Roundhouse) DE24 8JE

Shaun Bythell returns to Derby after his sell-out event in 2019. His hilarious new book casts a mordantly unique eye on the customers who roam his bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland. You may be able to spot yourself: there's the Expert (divided into 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 Lycra Clad), and the The Not-So-Silent Traveller (the Whistler, Sniffer, Hummer, Farter, and Tutter). Two bonus sections include Staff and, finally, Perfect Customer. All add up to one of the funniest book about books you'll ever find.

Free parking is available for attendees of events at Derby College.

Image copyright Ben.

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