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 Bookseller of the Year in 2009 and 2013, and listed in the recent Independent's Top 50 UK Bookshops.

BOOKSHOP TALKS
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 and Wootton Village Hall also hold excellent series of monthly talks - do visit their websites for further details.

Twitter: @WoodstockBooks

Friday, 18 January 2013

Snow

Please ring before setting out to visit the shop today and over the weekend. I live in Dean and we are snowed in which means the shop is shut. Merle tried to drive in this morning from Charlbury without any success. I hope to open the shop tomorrow but it depends on how clear the roads are and whether more snow is on the way.  It has been snowing gently all day here and there are about three or four inches on the garden table. We've been out sledging - and now to sit by the fire...

Before I go and sit down I must just tell you about the talk by Rachel Joyce on Tuesday. She began by saying she didn't really like giving talks and would prefer to answer audience questions. But in fact she spoke very well about the book. There was a rawness to what she said and how she said it - she said there were many similarities between her and Harold. And one of the things that I thought while I was re-reading the book recently was how vulnerable he becomes, in a positive way. We spend so much of lives in a protective wadding, and Harold just walks out 'without his stuff', as Rachel Joyce put it, and by being open to people and events becomes open to himself again and to his memories and his marriage. It is what allows him to grow. Rachel's second book is coming out in the summer, I'm fascinated to see what she writes next.

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