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

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Lila - Shortlisted for the Warwick Prize for Writing 2015

Here is the shortlist:

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Her Birth by Rebecca Goss
Redeployment by Phil Klay
A Man In Love by Karl Ove Knausgaard 
Lila by Marilynne Robinson
Skyfaring by Mark Vanhoenacker

The prize, which is run by the University of Warwick, is an international and cross-disciplinary award, open to any genre or form of writing. The theme for this year's prize is 'Instinct'.

It's an interesting list and I am very pleased to see Lila on it - I can't begin to understand why this year's Booker failed to include it on the shortlist as everyone here thought it was the best novel by far on the longlist. I also find prizes like this and the Costa that pit books of totally different genres against each other hard to fathom. And 'instinct' - very broad as a theme! Still, anything that brings more attention to a book...

Monday, 5 October 2015

Henning Mankell

So very sad to hear Henning Mankell has died of cancer. He visited Woodstock in 2011 to give a BBC World Book Club discussion - see  here - and the church was packed. He had such grace and charisma and energy. Strange that so energetic a man should have invented Wallender, whose life ran along more circumscribed lines. If you have only seen the TV programmes do read the books in his honour.

“I have always made my choices and lived despite them, whether they were right or wrong. I have never been like a dry leaf that someone threw into the stream and which randomly ends up anywhere downstream. I dare to turn around now and look back, because I see that I have not botched my life. The unique thing about life is that you must account for the choices you make. You can never take a step back and redo it. It does not mean that I’m finished. Death, when it comes, interferes always in the living things that are going on.” 

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Thursday, 3 September 2015

Woodstock Poetry Festival 2015: 13 - 15 November

Please contact the bookshop for full details of the poetry festival - the poets attending this year are listed on the right under the talks column and printed details are now available.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Patrick Gale - A Place Called Winter

Patrick Gale is coming to the Blenheim Palace Literary Festival on Friday 25 September at 6pm. He will be speaking in St Mary Magdalene Church - tickets are £12, or £10.80 for holders of a Blenheim Palace annual pass and can be bought either through the festival website here or by phone, email or in person from The Woodstock Bookshop.

Patrick Gale has spoken here twice before and is an excellent and very engaging speaker. A Place Called Winter is partly based on the life of his great grandfather and tells the story of a man finding a new life in a new land: 'his most powerfully moving novel yet' - Paul Burston, Independent

Monday, 13 July 2015

Nick Hooper guitar CD

If you came to the Irish evening at the poetry festival last year with Bernard O'Donoghue and singer Mick Henry you will have heard guitarist Nick Hooper play some lovely solos during the programme. He has just made a CD of those and other Irish tunes - his Derry Hornpipe is guaranteed to make you dance and we have some copies of the CD for sale at £10 each. They are performing again this year, with the very welcome addition of poet Tom Paulin, closing the fourth Woodstock Poetry Festival on Sunday 15th November.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Will Cohu drops in

Yesterday, the final day of Independent Booksellers' Week, Merle was fetching a copy of Will Cohu's book from the office for a customer when who should pop in to the shop but ... Will Cohu!

We don't always time things so neatly...

Friday, 26 June 2015

Julia Blackburn's talk

I can't think of a better way of celebrating our seven years of running The Woodstock Bookshop than the talk given by Julia Blackburn in Woodstock Town Hall on Wednesday. Her book, Threads: The Delicate Life of John Craske is beguiling and wonderful and if you missed her speak about it have a look here and here. As I sat listening to Julia describe and read from the book, and go on to talk very movingly of her husband's death and her own need to carry on working and writing, I felt so lucky to have been able to open and run the bookshop and to have had such extraordinary writers here to talk. 

Julia Blackburn in her pond garden. 'The nature of my grief is that I miss him terribly, but...There was no unfinished business between us. And that, I think, makes for a quietness in the head'

(Julia Blackburn in her garden and, below, at home)

Julia Blackburn at home. 'I d like to talk a bit about death. People should talk about it. People have said to me

A huge thank you to all our customers for making this all possible.