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.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
H is for Hawk
Helen Macdonald is coming to the Methodist Church in Woodstock on Thursday 26 September at 6pm to talk about her new book as part of the Blenheim Palace Literary Festival. This event is a Woodstock Bookshop event but tickets must be booked through the festival, see here. If you have any difficulty booking tickets please ring us.
H is for Hawk is a beautifully written account of Helen's taming of the goshawk she calls Mabel, interwoven with fascinating comments on TH White's The Goshawk and descriptions of her grief after the sudden death of her father.
More than any other writer I know, including her beloved White, Macdonald is able to summon the mental world of a bird of prey - Mark Cocker, Guardian
H is for Hawk is a dazzling piece of work: deeply affecting, utterly fascinating and blazing with love and intelligence...a deeply human work shot through, like cloth of gold, with intelligence and compassion – an exemplar of the mysterious alchemy by which suffering can be transmuted into beauty. I will be surprised if a better book than H is for Hawk is published this year - Melissa Harrison, Financial Times (see here for the full review)