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.

BOOKSHOP TALKS
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

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Short stories - David Constantine and Carys Davies

A lot of people who come in to the shop won't buy short stories. I am not sure why this is. Perhaps they were forced to study them at school. Perhaps the feeling is that they are shorter so not as satisfying as novels.

On Monday 2nd February at 7pm we have two of the finest short story writers in the country coming to read from their work here - so do come to their talk and prepare to be converted!

A good short story distracts and disturbs, and the stories in Carys Davies's The Redemption of Galen Pike are the best short stories I have come across in some time. The book is so slender and many of the stories are so short it is scarcely credible they should have the impact and resonance that they do. 

The Redemption of Galen Pike, Carys Davies        Tea-at-the-Midland-and-Other-Stories-Constantine-Da-NEW-Paperback-23-08-2012

David Constantine's collection Tea at the Midland won the 2013 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. As he says, 'The best short stories feel as though they've been scooped out of the flux of life' - his own collection is a wonderful example of this: 

'... a superb collection of stories: Constantine's writing is rare today, unafraid to be rich and allusive and unashamedly moving' - the Independent.

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