The longlist for this year's Independent Foreign Fiction prize has just been announced - it looks a fabulous list and I have no idea how the judges will choose even a shortlist from this selection let alone an eventual winner. No surprise to see two of the books are published by the MacLehose Press - Christopher MacLehose has a brilliant track record in publishing writers in translation - Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson as well as Peter Hoeg and Ismail Kadare and a host of others. Also interesting that Anthea Bell has translated two of the titles. She has had a long, varied and distinguished career as a translator, bringing us hundreds of books from Asterix to Stefan Zweig (the latter recently most unfairly maligned by Michael Hofmann in the London Review of Books - you should read Zweig and make up your own minds). Many of the following are already in paperback and are in stock here:
The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize long-list
Boris Akunin, The Coronation
(translated by Andrew Bromfield from the Russian) Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Ketil Bjørnstad, To Music
(Deborah Dawkin & Erik Skuggevik; Norwegian) Maia Press
Hassan Blasim, The Madman of Freedom Square
(Jonathan Wright; Arabic) Comma Press
Philippe Claudel, Brodeck's Report
(John Cullen; French) MacLehose Press
Julia Franck, The Blind Side of the Heart
(Anthea Bell; German) Harvill Secker
Pietro Grossi, Fists
(Howard Curtis; Italian) Pushkin Press
Elias Khoury, Yalo
(Humphrey Davies; Arabic) MacLehose Press
Jonathan Littell, The Kindly Ones
(Charlotte Mandell; French) Chatto & Windus
Alain Mabanckou, Broken Glass
(Helen Stevenson; French) Serpent's Tail
Javier Marías, Your Face Tomorrow, Volume 3: Poison, Shadow and Farewell
(Margaret Jull Costa; Spanish) Chatto & Windus
Yoko Ogawa, The Housekeeper and the Professor
(Stephen Snyder; Japanese) Harvill Secker
Claudia Piñeiro, Thursday Night Widows
(Miranda France; Spanish) Bitter Lemon Press
(Arunava Sinha; Bengali) Atlantic
Rafik Schami, The Dark Side of Love
(Anthea Bell; German) Arabia Books
Bahaa Taher, Sunset Oasis
(Humphrey Davies; Arabic) Sceptre
The shortlists for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize has also just been announced - too long to list in full but anyone interested in finding out more can see it here.
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.