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, 16 March 2015

Threads - a talk by Julia Blackburn

Have a look at these works by John Craske, a Norfolk fisherman who spent much of his life in a 'stuporous state'. During the periods when he could do a little, he painted and, when that became too tiring and difficult, made embroideries because he could do them lying down.

Julia Blackburn has written a wonderful, haunting book about Craske and her search for him and is coming to talk about it on 18th May at 7pm in Woodstock Town Hall. This is a very special talk for us, to celebrate the start of our eighth year of bookselling in Woodstock.

For more information about Craske and the book see here.

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Thursday, 12 March 2015

Independent Foreign Fiction prize longtlist

Another excellent longlist of translated books has just been announced for the Independent Foreign Fiction prize this year, among them By Night the Mountain Burns by Juan Tomas Avila Laurel, published by the small independent publisher & Other Stories. We chose the book as one of the shop book group's choices and everyone loved it.


By Night the Mountain Burns  

By Night the Mountain Burns

Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel 
Translated by Jethro Soutar
And Other Stories

In the Beginning Was the Sea   

In the Beginning Was the Sea

Tomás González
Translated by Frank Wynne
Pushkin Press

The End of Days  

The End of Days

Jenny Erpenbeck
Translated by Susan Bernofsky
Portobello Books

 The Last Lover

The Last Lover

Can Xue
Translated by Annelise Finegan
Yale University Press

While the Gods Were Sleeping   

While the Gods Were Sleeping

Erwin Mortier
Translated by Paul Vincent
Pushkin Press

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Launch for The Well

The Methodist Church was packed for the launch of Catherine Chanter's The Well last night - a lovely audience: friends, family and some of our customers...

Answering questions after the talk

Signing books afterwards

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)