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.

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

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Blossom by blossom the spring begins

An elderly man came in last week and ordered a copy of Swinburne because, he told me, it contained two lines that he thought the most perfect description of Spring he had ever encountered and they brought tears to his eyes whenever he thought of them:

And in green underwood and cover
Blossom by blossom the Spring begins
from 'Atalanta in Calydon', chorus, 'When the Hounds of Spring', Swinburne

He stood and recited the lines and cried. Today he collected the book and recited the lines again for me.

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