11 JUL 2018: 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. Dwight Garner took a nervous two hour drive from Glasgow (on the ‘wrong’ side of the road) and found the experience well worth the drive.  

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.

Read it all in the New York Times


Beth Porter, Ben Please and their daughter, Molly, at the Bookshop in Wigtown. CreditAndrew Testa for The New York Times


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