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.
Thursday, 20 August 2015
Wednesday, 12 August 2015
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
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
Friday, 26 June 2015
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 garden and, below, at home)
A huge thank you to all our customers for making this all possible.
Friday, 12 June 2015
Yesterday I went with a group of booksellers to Edmund de Waal's studio for tea (he served the most delicious cakes) and a tour of the studio. He talked to us about The White Road: A Pilgrimage of Sorts, the book he has written about porcelain, coming out in September. And he made two pots for us while we stood handling the little lumps of slightly damp, almost floury porcelain clay he had given us, and marvelled: a bowl and a jar appeared, each of which sat briefly on the wheel glowing almost like a mirage before he wired it off and crumpled it back into a clump of porcelain clay. There is little more magical than watching someone make a bowl on a wheel - using, as he pointed out, nothing but clay, a small knife, a piece of wood and a length of wire. You can see him in the photo below - I am the headless person in the middle.
I am reading the book - a beautifully written and at times very funny account of his journey to discover many aspects of porcelain - the places where it began, the people who invented it, a journey of inspiration and obsession, the most wonderful book. If you liked The Hare with Amber Eyes you will almost certainly love this.