The next talk here will be by Jane Gardam on Tuesday 19 October at 7pm. She will talk about Old Filth and The Man in the Wooden Hat, her wonderful novels about Sir Edwards Feathers QC and Betty, his wife.
Old Filth, the story of Feathers, was published in 2004 and shortlisted for the Orange prize in 2005: it received outstanding reviews -
'The really outstanding work of fiction I've read this year, predictably neglected by the Booker judges, is Jane Gardam's Old Filth. A Rembrandt portrait of a lawyer from birth to death, it shuttles between east and west, love and heartbreak, murder and pity, repaying patience with luminous wisdom' - Amanda Craig, New Statesman Books of the Year
'This novel is surely Gardam's masterpiece' - Guardian
The Man in the Wooden Hat fills in Betty's side of the story, sending one back again to Old Filth to see what we, like Feathers, may have missed.
Jane Gardam is one of our very best novelists. who has written for children and adults. She won the Heywood Hill literary Prize in 1999, in recognition of her distinguished literary career - see here for an interview with her.
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
This year (November 9-11) is the 7th Woodstock Poetry Festival - organised entirely by the bookshop. Full details soon.
The Woodstock Literature Society also holds an excellent series of monthly talks - do visit their website for further details.