Last night the village hall in Wootton-by-Woodstock was packed to hear Henry Porter give a talk about thrillers. This was the fourth talk organised by Wootton Village Hall talks (see their website http://www.woottontalks.co.uk/ for full details and pictures) and the first I have managed to attend. There was a mock-up of the Berlin Wall at the back of the hall, decorated with copies of original graffiti from the wall by a small team of Wootton residents one of whom has worked as a set designer on the Bond films at Pinewood. The atmosphere in the hall was great - very friendly, and there was food and drink which was most welcome as I had gone there straight from the shop. I had a stall and sold all Henry's books. He has written four thrillers - the last one, Brandenberg, has been a huge success here where it won the Ian Fleming award 2005 for the best thriller. In France it was voted the best thriller published last year. If you haven't read it, give it a go: it's unputdownable. He has also written a good children's book. He offered to give a talk here when his next book appears in the summer, so if that comes to anything I'll let you know.
Talks are very popular in and around Woodstock. I went to the inaugural talk of the Woodstock & Area Literature Society last week - Dr David Grylls on 'Sex in Victorian Fiction', which was every bit as fascinating as it sounds. And I thought what a great way to spend an evening - sitting with other people, all listening together to someone who speaks with great enthusiasm and energy. It feels very retro and I suspect it's the way forward.
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.
Two monthly book groups take place at the bookshop - a poetry group, initially formed to read collections submitted for the annual T S Eliot Prize and now following a slightly wider brief; and a book group focusing more on fiction. Both are open to everyone but occasionally space is limited - please contact us for details.
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 also holds an excellent series of monthly talks - do visit their website for further details.