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.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Richard Ford in Woodstock
It was a great evening though it didn't get off to the greatest of starts. I went to collect Richard Ford from Charlbury station and discovered the train was delayed because of floods near Oxford. Some forty minutes later it arrived - me very jittery, thinking of the hall full of people waiting in Woodstock; Richard very calm, saying he'd been reading a book and that there was no sense in worrying about things if you couldn't do anything (I put 'a book' deliberately, as he said that and said he didn't like kindles - a nice thing for a bookseller to hear).
He read the first two chapters of Canada and then answered questions, and I wish I had a better memory or had taped things. But I don't and didn't. He talked about why he called the book Canada ('I love the way the word sounds and this way it gets to be on every page'), about book titles in general, pointing out that Tender is the Night doesn't bear much relation to the book but is a perfect title and saying that he'd only once been talked out of a title he wanted by an editor and had regretted it ever since (and yes, he did say which title and I do remember it but you should have been there...)
He talked about travelling around from small town to small town as a teenager, living on his own and how he managed that. About what a disappointment it could be to meet writers (it wasn't). As you can see from the picture below, there was a long queue of people after the talk waiting to meet him and have books signed: he was very courteous and charming and behaved as though he had all the time in the world for everyone - very kind, when he had to get back to London that evening.
I would like to thank Jeremy Treglown - and Holly Treglown and Charles Stainsby (whose birthday it was) - who between them made the whole thing possible.