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.
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.
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.
WOODSTOCK POETRY FESTIVAL
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.