Robert Sackville-West is coming here on Tuesday 29 June at 7.30 to talk about his recent book Inheritance: The Story of Knole and the Sackvilles. Robert is the 13th generation of Sackvilles to live at Knole - he inherited the title when his uncle died and he lives at Knole (now owned by the National Trust) with his wife and family.
Knole was purchased in 1604 by Thomas Sackville. It is set in a deer park just outside Sevenoaks in Kent, a vast rambling house more like a huge Oxford college than a manor house. Knole is perhaps most famous now for its connections with Vita Sackville West and Virginia Woolf - Virginia Woolf wrote Orlando for Vita and the book starts and ends at Knole. Vita described the Sackvilles as 'a race too prodigal, too amorous, too weak, too indolent and too melancholy; a rotten lot, and nearly all stark staring mad'. Robert seems to have escaped the general Sackville condition and his book draws on unpublished letters, archives and images, weaving a wonderful story of Knole and the Sackvilles throughout four hundred years.
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.