Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol is the book trade's Christmas number one, I read this morning. When I checked my top ten best-sellers over the past month I came up with the following:
Howard's End is on the Landing - Susan Hill
Dogs that Know when their Owners are Coming Home - Rupert Sheldrake
Looking Back - Basil Mitchell
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
The World Cheese Book
Am I Alone in Thinking?
Cracking Cryptic Crosswords - Colin Dexter
Jesus' Christmas Party - Nicholas Allan
Red Sky at Night
True Deceiver - Tove Jansson
The first two (and the cheese book) are there because of events (Rupert Sheldrake was speaking at Wootton Village Hall as part of their hugely successful series of fundraising talks). Basil Mitchell is a retired academic living in Woodstock and I am posting his memoirs all over the world. It is an idiosyncratic list, to say the least!
The book I have sold most of since this time last year, however, is William Fiennes The Music Room - he came and read here, and it is set locally, but above all it is a wonderful book.
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.