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.
Friday, 6 July 2012
Three Houses, Many Lives
Gillian Tindall gave a fascinating talk on Tuesday about her recent book, focusing mainly on Taynton Vicarage (shown above) as that is the house closest to Woodstock. She had an hour or so to wander round Woodstock before the talk - which she did in spite of the rain - and managed to look at our own Rectory, built in 1982 in the garden of the old Rectory (now known as the Bishop's House) which was built by the legendary Bishop Fell of Oxford in 1686-9. She moved effortlessly from very close study of particular houses and documents to showing how these illustrate changes and events in the country as a whole and she brought individuals and whole communities alive. All her books are exceptional in that way - my favourite is Celestine, the account of a French village.