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.
Saturday, 2 May 2009
I had to turn down so many people who wanted to come to William's talk on Monday. Nearly everyone who was there has either phoned or come in to the shop to say what an extraordinary evening it was and how very moved they were. Someone who booked too late to get a seat and so stood for over an hour said she couldn't believe how long she had been standing for when she looked at her watch. Time was suspended: William stood reading from the beginning of the book and a great stillness came over the room. When it is read aloud, the book has the power and inevitability of poetry. He has managed something truly remarkable. The final image of Richard standing in the music room, about to sing, captures something of the atmosphere William created for us here.