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.
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 Independent's Top 50 UK Bookshops.
BOOK GROUPS AND BOOKSHOP TALKS
are both suspended during the pandemic. We hope to start again as soon as it is safe to do so.
WOODSTOCK POETRY FESTIVAL
The bookshop started and runs Woodstock Poetry Festival, a completely independent festival that has now been running for 8 years.
The Woodstock Literature Society also holds an excellent series of monthly talks - do visit their website for further details.