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 Independent's Top 50 UK Bookshops.

are both suspended during the pandemic. We hope to start again as soon as it is safe to do so.

The bookshop started and runs Woodstock Poetry Festival, a completely independent festival that has now been running for 8 years.

The Woodstock Literature Society also holds an excellent series of monthly talks - do visit their website for further details.

Twitter: @WoodstockBooks

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Mr Toppit

Charles Elton drove all the way from London last night to talk here about his new book Mr Toppit. We did a Q and A session instead of a talk, which I hadn't done here before. I thought it worked very well but since I was the one asking most of the questions I might be biased. He was very funny and it was fantastic to have a writer so willing to talk to us all about his work. I have several signed first editions of Mr Toppit for sale which will no doubt become collector's items. In fact, a book dealer drove all the way from Surrey to get some books signed by Charles which I found rather astounding.
Mr Toppit is slightly haunting me today. It is a curious book, unlike anything else I've read. Somehow one totally believes in the Hayseed Chronicles - the sections quoted in the book are very resonant and compelling - and the characters Charles invents are very real in spite of their almost Dickensian level of caricature. Martha, Lila, Laurie, Rachel, Arthur and Luke - if you haven't read it you should give it a try.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Screening of 'Secret'

I have been a great fan of this book since I first read it and will be selling copies at the only Oxford screening of the film which is taking place on 27th February. Afterwards there will be an interview between the translator, Polly McLean, and the writer Philippe Grimbert. Places are limited and I advise you to book in advance.

Friday, 6 February 2009

And more snow

Very frustrating not being able to drive in to Woodstock. Apologies to anyone who has tried to collect or buy a book in the past couple of days and found the shop shut. I have driven in as soon as I could but whenever it snows the smaller roads where we live are impossible: no grit and a lot of skidding around. At least the children are pleased!
Richard has been fantastic and driven in from Oxford to open the shop when I haven't been able to get in. So today, as of midday, The Woodstock Bookshop is open.

Monday, 2 February 2009

Shop closed!

I'm sitting at home watching the snow fall thickly outside and imagining how pretty Woodstock must look. We live up a steep narrow lane in Dean and in weather like this we just stay put. To my daughters' disgust, the teacher who drives them into Oxford has a four-wheel drive so was able to collect them this morning. And the village school is open, so the youngest stomped off down the drive to get a lift with a neighbour who also has a four-wheel drive. I am a coward in the snow, entirely lack frontier spirit. So, apologies to anyone who has an order waiting to be collected: I won't be coming in to the shop today.