“A Factotum in the Book Trade is memorable because a) it’s well-written, and b) it’s close in touch with the books. […] He’s right about what a good bookstore should feel like. ‘I want dirt; I want chaos; I want, above all, mystery,’ he writes. ‘I want to be able to step into a place and have the sense that there I’ll find a book, as yet unknown to me, which to some degree will change my life.’ […] It’s an account of a life well, happily and grouchily lived.”
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