Well, as you can see, Orange judge and Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman showed her enthusiasm for independent bookshops by coming to talk to us in the Methodist Church about the process of judging the Orange Prize for Fiction. Despite what most people would consider an unbelievably hectic job for the past eighteen years - and a teenage son - she reads a lot too. We were all impressed by her stoicism and endurance in having read so many books in such a short period of time while she was selecting books for the Orange longlist and shortlist ('And then I caught flu which was quite a relief because I managed to read three books while I was recovering!') and it was interesting to hear her talk about the titles that didn't make the shortlist as well as those that did. The talk was followed by questions during which she and the audience agreed on the dearth of well-written books about contemporary middle-class life - a modern Jane Austen, for example - and shared Daisy Goodwin's view that there was rather too much misery in the books submitted. The Woodstock Bookshop is currently compiling a list of amusing or even funny books - any suggestions please to firstname.lastname@example.org ...
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.