Welcome to The Woodstock Bookshop

The shop opened in May 2008 and is on the main road in Woodstock, just next to the bus stop. We can supply most books to order by the next day and have several thousand books in stock: to order books ring or email the shop. We have a large selection of children's books and are happy to advise and recommend. We can also supply second-hand and out-of-print titles. We offer discounts for school orders and for book clubs and have a free local delivery service.

We were on the regional shortlist for Independent Bookseller of the Year in 2008 and 2013, and listed in the recent Independent's Top 50 UK Bookshops.

We hold a series of informal talks and readings throughout the year. If you buy any book at the talk the cost of the ticket will be deducted. Please ring or email to book a place - early booking advisable.

The Woodstock Literature Society and Wootton Village Hall also hold excellent series of monthly talks - do visit their websites for further details.

Twitter: @WoodstockBooks

Saturday, 30 April 2016

8 years old today

I opened the shop eight years ago today - it was a sunny bank holiday Saturday and many people from the town came in. They threw their arms open as they walked in and said, 'Welcome to Woodstock!' and by the end of the day we had a list of customer orders and it felt as if the shop had always been here.

A huge thank you to all the customers, publishers and writers who have supported the shop over the years. The writers have been many - see the list of speakers to the right. And the customers, too, have been many and very loyal. Several have become friends. There has even been a wedding.

Finally, thank you to the people who work here with me, who all do far more than you should.

Monday, 22 February 2016

Margaret Macmillan - History's People

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Margaret Macmillan, Warden of St Antony's College, Oxford, is talking at Woodstock Methodist Church on Tuesday 23 February at 7pm about her latest book, History's People: Personalities and the Past. Tickets £5

'History's People is as entertaining and illuminating a work of popular history as one could possibly wish for' - Prospect

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Book groups

We have two book groups at the shop - a group that discusses nothing but poetry, and one that has occasionally discussed poetry but usually reads fiction. And it seems social connections such as book groups are every bit as good for you and as important to your well being in later life as exercise. Of course - who would doubt it?

The shop book groups are different from most of the book groups I hear about because the members didn't know each other before joining, and we discuss the books rather than each other. That is a generalisation - not all book groups discuss each other. But we really do spend an hour discussing the books - and, in the poetry group, the discussion lasts an hour and a half and I usually have to bring it to an end so everyone can go off and have their supper or they might go on all evening.

The poetry group has been reading a book from the T S Eliot short list each month. So far we have read 40 Sonnets, Citizen, Loop of Jade and Waiting for the Past. We have settled into a pattern of reading aloud the poems we would like to discuss for whatever reason - perhaps we didn't understand it, perhaps we simply loved the sound of it or the ideas it explores. And people share their thoughts and readings and somehow you end the evening feeling you have developed a deeper appreciation of the poet and their work.

There is less reading aloud in the other group, and often more difference of opinion which makes for interesting discussions. It is all very enjoyable and now that I know it's also as good as exercise for my general well being I feel even better about the groups!

Do pop in if you would like to join either group...

Monday, 1 February 2016

This shop smells like the bookshops of my childhood...

Two women have just in walked in and that is what one said to the other. A nice thing to hear.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Sarah Howe won the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry

Loop of Jade is the first debut collection to win the award - hugely well deserved, give it to everyone who likes poetry...

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Monday, 4 January 2016

Kathleen Jamie reading on the radio yesterday!

I was driving in to Oxford yesterday afternoon and suddenly heard a very familiar voice - Kathleen Jamie reading from The Bonniest Companie, her latest collection and the one she read from when she came to Woodstock Poetry Festival in November. You can find it here. Do listen, she reads wonderfully.

Happy New Year and many thanks for making the poetry festival such a success and this year - our eighth - our most successful so far by a long way...

Monday, 23 November 2015

Liz Berry - two new poems

If you heard Liz Berry read at this year's poetry festival you would have heard these two new poems - and if you didn't you can read them!