Yet again the smaller, independent publishing presses are triumphant in this longlist for the Independent Foreign Fiction prize which just goes to emphasise what a brilliant job they do publishing translated fiction:
HHhH, Laurent Binet (translated from French by Sam Taylor)
A Death in the Family, Karl Ove Knausgaard (tr from Norwegian by Don Bartlett)
Dublinesque, Enrique Vila-Matas (tr from Spanish by Rosalind Harvey)
The Detour, Gerrbrand Bakker (tr from Dutch by David Colmer)
Black Bazaar, Alain Mabanckou (tr from French by Sarah Ardizzone)
Bundu, Chris Barbard (tr from Afrikaans by Michiel Heyns)
Cold Sea Stories, Pawel Huelle (ts from Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones)
The Last of the Vostyachs, Diego Marani (tr from Italian by Judith Landry)
Traveller of the Century, Andres Neuman (tr from Spanish by Nick Caistor & Lorenza Garcia)
Trieste, Dasa Drndic (tr from Croatian by Ellen Elias-Bursac)
Silent House, Orhan Pamuk (tr from Turkish by Robert Finn)
The Fall of the Stone City, Ismail Kadare (tr from Albanian by John Hodgson)
The Murder of Halland, Pia Juul (tr from Danish by Martin Aitken)
The Sound of Things Falling, Juan Gabriel Vasquez (tr from Spanish by Anne McLean)
In Praise of Hatred, Khalid Khalifa (tr from Arabic by Leri Price)
The prize shortlist will be announced on 11th April, with the winner revealed in May. Turkish novelist Elif Shafak is among this year's judges,as is Independent literary editor Boyd Tonkin.
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.