After a very busy June (with visits by Alexandra Shulman and Robert Sackville-West) we are not holding talks in July and August but are hosting a poetry reading (see above) and will take part in the literature festival by hosting two authors. The festival will be held in Woodstock and Blenheim Palace from September 15-19 this year - details available here.
Our programme of talks resumes in October with Jane Gardam who is coming to speak on Tuesday 19 October, by which time her book The Man in the Wooden Hat will be available in paperback. It is the wonderful companion volume to Old Filth and tells the story of Elisabeth, Filth's wife. Do try and re-read Old Filth over the summer if you're planning to come to the talk, and get hold of The Man in the Wooden Hat when it comes out in September (anyone buying the book from me will be entitled to a free place at the talk). The books are entirely separate but The Man... tells Elisabeth's story in a way that makes you instantly want to re-read Old Filth.
Filth (Failed In London Try Hong Kong) is a successful lawyer when he marries Elisabeth in Hong Kong soon after the War. He is sent to England from India as a child and finds it hard to demonstrate his emotions. But Elisabeth is different - a free spirit. She was brought up in the Japanese Internment Camps, which killed both her parents but left her with a lust for survival and an affinity with the Far East. No wonder she is attracted to Filth's hated rival at the Bar - the brash, forceful Veneering. Veneering has a Chinese wife and an adored son - and no difficulty whatsoever in demonstrating his emotions ...How Elisabeth turns into Betty, and whether she remains loyal to stolid Filth or swept up by caddish Veneering, make for a page-turning plot, full of surprises, revelations and humour. Jane Gardam is one of our best novelists.
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.