One of my little hobbies is to wander around charity shops or browse the second hand section of Amazon for little gems. This little book is one of those finds which cost me a mere £1.60 from a second hand bookshop. As an aside if you like second hand bookshops then the Wigtown bookshop is like a mecca for those in Scotland and beyond. The owner has two books out and both of which you should consider buying for their humour and insight into life working in retail.
The Diary of a Bookseller and The Confessions of a Bookseller” are available on Amazon now. Which in itself is a sick joke to the author who credits the internet giant as killing high street retail and book selling more specifically. Indeed in his shop is an Amazon Kindle which met an untimely death via a shotgun hung with pride on the wall.
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The book is interesting to me for a couple of reasons. The first is it was published in 1992 which I was just starting school. Clearly, I didn’t know or drink whisky then but the significance to me now is in seeing the difference in the industry. The books starts out by describing the current whisky landscape as changing from being solely about blends and blended whisky brands to increasingly showcasing individual malt whisky distilleries. Clearly, this was the start of the trend which has lead today to so many malt whisky brands appearing in even supermarkets and to the perhaps unfair consumer idea that malt is superior to blend.
The other thing of interest is the great artwork throughout the book. With the pieces including the labels, distilleries and bottles as they were in the early 1990’s this is a nostalgia piece for a lot of people.
All in all a great little book and a great conversation starter with parents or grandparents to connect over a shared hobby.