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 Bookshop of the Year in 2009, 2013 and 2017, 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, 26 June 2017

The shop will shut at 1pm Wednesday 28th June

The bookshop will shut at 1pm on Wednesday 28th June - apologies for the inconvenience. We are open as usual for the rest of the week.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Mini Grey here on 24 June!

Author and illustrator Mini Grey will be at The Woodstock Bookshop to chat to customers and sign copies of her books between 11 and 12 this Saturday morning (24 June).


Saturday is the first day of Independent Booksellers' Week and the inaugural Oxfordshire BookCrawl, a journey round seven Oxfordshire independent bookshops.

Participating shops are:

The Woodstock Bookshop
The Wallingford Bookshop
Mostly Books, Abingdon
Jaffe & Neale, Chipping Norton
Coles Books, Bicester
Books and Ink (Banbury)
The Bell Bookshop (Henley)

What better way to see the county than by going from bookshop to bookshop? There is information about each shop on the website - we are offering 10% discount off all books for the day, and a free proof with every purchase.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Nancy Sandars - a celebration of her life and poems

Nancy Sandars was an extraordinary and very distinguished archaeologist who spent many of her 101 years living with her older sister Betty in the Manor House at Little Tew, where she was born in 1914. She worked in intelligence operations during the war and afterwards studied archaeology specialising in prehistory. There is a fascinating website with details of her life and work.

She published several archaeological works during her lifetime, as well as a translation of The Epic of Gilgamesh for Penguin Classics and a collection of poems. This year a posthumous collection of poems has been published by Agenda - Evening Primroses - for which John Fuller has written a Preface. On 26 June at 8pm in Woodstock Town Hall he will be reading from her poems and leading tributes to her life and work. Entry is free - wine will be served. Please contact the bookshop if you would like to attend.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Sarah Winman at The Woodstock Bookshop

Sarah Winman, author of When God Was a Rabbit, A Year of Marvellous Ways and the forthcoming Tin Man, dropped in to the bookshop, lightening this rainy afternoon with her smile and her friendliness. We discussed events, and she said that she is of the view that so long as there is an equal number of performers to audience the show goes on - so refreshing, when very often I am asked to guarantee over a hundred people per talk or quizzed on how many books we sell at our talks. Read her books - a tonic for these times.

Friday, 28 April 2017

The Explorer - Katherine Rundell

Media of The Explore

We are so lucky to be alive while Katherine Rundell is bringing out her extraordinary children's books. I lay in bed till past midnight last night reading The Explorer. I saved the final few pages till this morning, not wanting the book to end. It is the best children's book I have read since Rooftoppers, and so beautifully written and confident. You feel in very safe hands - this is the work of a writer who knows her craft and who draws you so strongly into her world you can hardly bear to leave but want to start reading all over again. It is not just a 'message' book, but it does have a very strong message - to pay attention to the world and to the people we meet, because attention is life and love. To be brave because we all can do so much more than we think. To face our fears and overcome them. She is totally unafraid of dealing with problems and never talks down to her audience. I look forward to many more unexpected and wonderful novels by Katherine Rundell.

The Explorer comes out in August. (Slightly odd date to publish a major children's book, when many children and parents are away. Perhaps Bloomsbury are banking on parents holidaying in England this year because of the exchange rate.)  

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Independent Bookshop of the Year 2017 - Final

The following bookshops have made it to the final of Independent Bookshop of the Year this year. 

The Chorleywood Bookshop, Chorleywood
Kenilworth Books, Kenilworth
Forum Books, Corbridge
Sarum College Bookshop, Salisbury
Lindum Books, Lincoln
Far From the Madding Crowd, Linlithgow
Tales on Moon Lane, London
Gutter Bookshop, Dublin and Dalkey

Have you been to any of them? I haven't yet but plan to - perhaps a short tour is in order! There is little I enjoy more than looking round other bookshops and seeing how differently they are laid out. 

I was interested to read something recently saying how very hip and retro independent bookshops are now - by doing the same thing for years and years one eventually becomes fashionable again. Everything is all about curating, it seems. I thought I was just running a bookshop...

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Woodstock Poetry Festival 2017 - 10-12 November

The programme for this year's Woodstock Poetry Festival is almost finalised - poets who have agreed to come so far include:

Douglas Dunn, who is reading from The Noise of a Fly, his first collection since the publication of Elegies
George Szirtes
Jim Carruth
Anne Stevenson
Caroline Bird
Keith Jarrett
David Harsent

One or two people have yet to confirm.

It is wonderful that such brilliant poets are happy to support an independent bookshop by participating in our festival and we are very grateful to them.