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.

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

Saturday, 20 June 2009

An Unusual Evening

Mark Mills and Francesca Kay are not writers one would usually link together so it was a rare treat to welcome them both to the shop on Tuesday. They are both very successful in different areas - Mark is a prizewinning crime writer whose third novel, The Information Officer, has recently been published, and Francesca's first novel An Equal Stillness has just won the Orange prize for new fiction. Each had recently read the other's work and they hadn't known each other before meeting briefly to prepare for the talk at the shop. So when they started to talk about their work the discussion was unrehearsed and fascinating. They were very generous about each other's books, finding a huge amount to admire. Both novels create a very strong sense of place and are driven, in different ways, by a sense of mystery: we do not, for example, discover the identity of the 'author' of An Equal Stillness until the final pages. It was a treat to eavesdrop on writers discussing their writing and then to contribute to the discussion, as so many of the audience did.

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