Great to see Room on the Orange Prize longlist. It's a very good list - I've read some and would like to read all of them. A Visit from the Goon Squad has been a huge hit in America where it recently won the National Book Award. I am halfway through it and enjoying it though the constant change of focus is slightly disconcerting. When a book arrives with such hype it can be hard to see it clearly. I have just finished Great House and The Tiger's Wife, both very good. Tea Obreht is extraordinary. Born in the Balkans, she is only 25 but writes with tremendous flair and sentitivity - her first language wasn't English and her written English has something very delicate and different about it - not unEnglish, but highly distinctive.
Lyrics Alley Leila Aboulela (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Jamrach's Menagerie Carol Birch (Canongate)
Room Emma Donoghue (Picador)
The Pleasure Seekers Tishani Doshi (Bloomsbury)
Whatever You Love Louise Doughty (Faber)
A Visit from the Goon Squad Jennifer Egan (Corsair)
The Memory of Love Aminatta Forna (Bloomsbury)
The London Train Tessa Hadley (Jonathan Cape)
Grace Williams Says it Loud Emma Henderson (Sceptre)
The Seas Samantha Hunt (Corsair)
The Birth of Love Joanna Kavenna (Faber)
Great House Nicole Krauss (Viking)
The Road to Wanting Wendy Law-Yone (Chatto)
The Tiger's Wife Téa Obreht (Weidenfeld)
The Invisible Bridge Julie Orringer (Viking)
Repeat it Today with Tears Anne Peile (Serpent's Tail)
Swamplandia! Karen Russell (Chatto)
The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives Lola Shoneyin (Serpent's Tail)
The Swimmer Roma Tearne (HarperPress)
Annabel Kathleen Winter (Jonathan Cape)
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.