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

Monday, 2 March 2015

Catherine Chanter - The Well

Tickets are selling fast for Catherine Chanter's talk about her first novel The Well, published on 5th March. There is an article about her in the Oxford Mail here and she will be talking in Woodstock on Tuesday 10th March at 7pm, in Woodstock Methodist Church. Please book ahead!

Friday, 20 February 2015

Congratulations to Patrick McGuinness!

Many congratulations to Patrick McGuinness for winning the Pol Roger Duff Cooper Prize 2014 for Other People's Countries, described by the judges as 'a stunning piece of lyrical writing, rich in narrative and character - full of fresh ways of looking at how we grow up, how we remember, how we start to make sense of the world' - Yes! 

From left to right: Artemis Cooper, Patrick McGuinness with his winning book, Laurent d’Harcourt of Champagne Pol Roger, and the French Ambassador, H.E. Mme Sylvie Bermann.

Left to right: Artemis Cooper (judge), Patrick, Laurent d'Harcourt of Champagne Pol Roger and the French Ambassador at last night's prize-giving.

Friday, 13 February 2015

The End of Vandalism

I have just read this novel by Tom Drury, first published twenty years ago in the States and only just re-published here by Old Street Publishing. What a discovery! Hooray for Old Street, it is a wonderful book - very funny, brilliantly observed, beautifully written. Read it...

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Catherine Chanter - The Well

The Well by Catherine Chanter

We are holding a talk by Catherine Chanter about her forthcoming novel The Well in Woodstock Methodist Church on Tuesday 10th March at 7pm.

'The Well asks us where do we seek refuge, and why? And perhaps it shows us that what is left, after all is suffered, is love. Battered, weathered, at the end of the novel it comes cresting over the hill, a herald of relief. Bravo, that woman. I loved this book!' (Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist)

'The story has the pulse of a thriller combined with a futuristic evocation of a Big Brother society and an Ibsenite fable of humans faced with limited resources. The Well was so astoundingly assured that I wondered if AS Byatt had adopted a pseudonym... [Catherine Chanter is] a brilliant writer.' (Allison Pearson, author of I Don't Know How She Does It, presenting the Lucy Cavendish Award)

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Short stories - David Constantine and Carys Davies

A lot of people who come in to the shop won't buy short stories. I am not sure why this is. Perhaps they were forced to study them at school. Perhaps the feeling is that they are shorter so not as satisfying as novels.

On Monday 2nd February at 7pm we have two of the finest short story writers in the country coming to read from their work here - so do come to their talk and prepare to be converted!

A good short story distracts and disturbs, and the stories in Carys Davies's The Redemption of Galen Pike are the best short stories I have come across in some time. The book is so slender and many of the stories are so short it is scarcely credible they should have the impact and resonance that they do. 

The Redemption of Galen Pike, Carys Davies        Tea-at-the-Midland-and-Other-Stories-Constantine-Da-NEW-Paperback-23-08-2012

David Constantine's collection Tea at the Midland won the 2013 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. As he says, 'The best short stories feel as though they've been scooped out of the flux of life' - his own collection is a wonderful example of this: 

'... a superb collection of stories: Constantine's writing is rare today, unafraid to be rich and allusive and unashamedly moving' - the Independent.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Other People's Countries shortlisted for Duff Cooper Prize

As a regular reader of this blog you might realise we are huge fans of Patrick McGuinness's book Other People's Countries. We have mentioned it a few times. It is our book of the year, without a doubt. So it's very good to see a few discerning people out there agreeing with us and to learn that the book has been shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize. The shortlist is excellent -

Duff Cooper Prize Shortlist 2014

The Pol Roger Duff Cooper Prize celebrates the best in non-fiction writing. The first award was made in 1956, and it has been given annually ever since. The winner will be announced on 19 February.

George Prochnik: The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World
Helen Macdonald: H is for Hawk
Henry Marsh: Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery
Jenny Uglow: In These Times: Living in Britain through Napoleon's Wars
Marion Coutts: The Iceberg: A Memoir
Patrick McGuinness: Other People's Countries: A Journey into Memory

- for us, for the quality of the writing and the quirkiness of the concept and its humanity and humour, Other People's Countries is something very remarkable. To hear Patrick talking about the book see here.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Lawrence Home Nursing Christmas Cards

A huge thank you to everyone who bought Christmas cards for the Lawrence Home Nursing Trust here - we raised a total of £444 for the charity. This is a local charity providing nursing care for people at home - see here for more details. It's an excellent charity, founded in memory of a local GP, and the cards are locally produced too - our most popular this year were angels by Anuk Naumann,