The next Woodstock Bookshop talk is by Harry Bingham. Harry lives locally and is a hugely prolific novelist, author of - among other books - The Lieutenant's Lover and Glory Boys. He also runs the Writers' Workshop, an editorial consultancy for writers.
His three latest detective novels are BRILLIANT! They feature DC Fiona Griffiths, living and working in Cardiff. She is entirely her own character, but has aspects of the wonderful Sara Lund from The Killing, and of Lisbeth Salander, the heroine of the Stieg Larsson (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) trilogy. Fiona is unconventional, partly because she was very ill as a teenager with Cotard's syndrome - 'It took quite a long time to develop Fiona, but the thing that locked everything in place was her Cotard’s Syndrome, an illness where sufferers believe themselves to be dead. It seemed to me that the condition was perfect for a crime story. It’s a mystery in itself. It walks a dark edge between life and dark. And it places the detective herself as the ultimate outsider.'
There are three Fiona Griffiths novels so far - Talking to the Dead, Love Story, With Murders and, just about to appear, The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths. I have found each more compulsive than the last.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, 14 February 2014
We are very glad to see that novelist Jane Gardam has been shortlisted for the first Folio Prize, a prize open to English language writers from around the world. If you haven't yet read Jane Gardam this is as good a time as any to start: Last Friends, the final novel in her Old Filth trilogy, has just been published in paperback. This trilogy is excellent - each book is based round one of three main characters and tells their story, which intersects with and overlaps the stories of the other characters in fascinating ways. Start with Old Filth (not about some pervert, but an international lawyer - the initials stand for Failed In London Try Hong Kong) and you will become addicted.