One year old! And the shop is looking great - I filched a small table from our sitting room for Boyd Tonkin's talk on the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize on Saturday, and the shortlisted books fill it nicely. I have read Voice Over which I highly recommend and am half-way through Beijing Coma. The writing is superb - translated by Ma Jian's wife, Flora Drew, it details personal and political events leading up to the massacre in Tiananmen Square and I can't believe there's a better book on the list. Though I will read the others just to check...
We had a very good first birthday talk from Boyd Tonkin. The shop was full and Boyd talked about previous years of the prize as well as this, so it was a very good way for people to catch up on what they might have missed in the way of translated fiction. I have tried to stock a lot of it, as it's so often neglected in larger shops. Recent enthusiasm for Swedish detective fiction has brought a great audience for Henning Mankell and Stieg Larssen and I also do a steady trade in Andrei Makine (fantastically translated by Geoffrey Strachan who lives locally).
Boyd was kind about the shop and said:
'I'm sure the shop will thrive - it was such a rare and wonderful experience these days to see so many great books within reach rather than theoretically on sale to anyone with the persistence to ask five clueless assistants and navigate miles of shelves.'
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.