Posted by: bluesyemre | December 23, 2018

A Critic sells #Books down by the seashore


A bookstore in the village of Wigtown, Scotland, allows people to run the shop while renting an apartment upstairs. A book critic for The Times recently took his turn at the till.

WIGTOWN, Scotland — Isak Dinesen had a farm in Africa. Recently, if only for a day, I had a bookstore in Scotland.

It wasn’t easy to get to Wigtown, in the remote Dumfries and Galloway region of Scotland, in time for my shift. Though the village is only a two-hour drive from Glasgow, a GPS sent me through 33 miles of the desolately beautiful Galloway Forest Park on a single-track road that rattled the nerves.

The nerve rattling was compounded because I was driving on the “wrong” side of the road and with a stick shift installed on my left rather than my right. This felt like trying to use a mortar and pestle with my good arm tied behind my back. While in oncoming traffic.

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