Martin Sixsmith will be talking about Russia on Monday March 5th at 7.30pm in Woodstock Methodist Church. Tickets £5 - please ring or email The Woodstock Bookshop to reserve a place.
Martin Sixsmith was the BBC Moscow correspondent for many years, reporting from Moscow at the end of the Cold War and this book was first published to accompany a BBC Radio 4 series marking the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Combining in-depth research with his personal experiences as a BBC Moscow correspondent, Sixsmith tells Russia's full and fascinating story from its foundation in the 10th century till today. Covering politics, music, literature and art, he explores the myths Russians have created from their history, and explains the nation's seemingly split personality as the result of influences that have divided it for centuries. Russia is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the complex political landscape of Russia and its place in the modern world:
'My aim in this book and accompanying radio series has been to put the events I witnessed into their proper historical context, to highlight the previous turning points in Russia’s history, those "moments of unruly destiny" when she could have gone either way – down the path of reform that might have made her a liberal democracy, or down the continuing path of autocracy, at times totalitarian, repressive and dictatorial.'
From 1997 to 2002 Martin Sixsmith worked for the British Government as Director of Communications and Press Secretary to Harriet Harman, Alistair Darling and Stephen Byers. He is now a writer, presenter and journalist.
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.