On a more positive note, I have just seen the shortlists for the Carnegie and Greenaway prizes - Neil Gaiman appears in both lists - and Julie Hearn's excellent book Rowan the Strange is on the shortlist.
Carnegie shortlist 2010
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Vanishing of Katerina Linden by Helen Grant
Rowan the Strange by Julie Hearn
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
Nation by Terry Pratchett
Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist
Leon and the Place Between by Grahame Baker-Smith
Harry & Hopper by Freya Blackwood (text by Margaret Wild)
The Great Paper Caper by Oliver Jeffers
Millie's Marvellous Hat by Satoshi Kitamura
Crazy Hair by Dave McKean (text by Neil Gaiman)
The Graveyard Book by Chris Riddell (text by Neil Gaiman)
The Dunderheads by David Roberts (text by Paul Fleischman)
There are Cats in this Book by Viviane Schwarz
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 Bookseller of the Year in 2009 and 2013, and listed in the recent Independent's Top 50 UK Bookshops.
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 and Wootton Village Hall also hold excellent series of monthly talks - do visit their websites for further details.