Many congratulations to Patrick McGuinness for winning the Pol Roger Duff Cooper Prize 2014 for Other People's Countries, described by the judges as 'a stunning piece of lyrical writing, rich in narrative and character - full of fresh ways of looking at how we grow up, how we remember, how we start to make sense of the world' - Yes!
Left to right: Artemis Cooper (judge), Patrick, Laurent d'Harcourt of Champagne Pol Roger and the French Ambassador at last night's prize-giving.
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
This year (November 9-11) is the 7th Woodstock Poetry Festival - organised entirely by the bookshop. Full details soon.
The Woodstock Literature Society also holds an excellent series of monthly talks - do visit their website for further details.
Friday, 13 February 2015
I have just read this novel by Tom Drury, first published twenty years ago in the States and only just re-published here by Old Street Publishing. What a discovery! Hooray for Old Street, it is a wonderful book - very funny, brilliantly observed, beautifully written. Read it...
Wednesday, 4 February 2015
We are holding a talk by Catherine Chanter about her forthcoming novel The Well in Woodstock Methodist Church on Tuesday 10th March at 7pm.
'The Well asks us where do we seek refuge, and why? And perhaps it shows us that what is left, after all is suffered, is love. Battered, weathered, at the end of the novel it comes cresting over the hill, a herald of relief. Bravo, that woman. I loved this book!' (Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist)
'The story has the pulse of a thriller combined with a futuristic evocation of a Big Brother society and an Ibsenite fable of humans faced with limited resources. The Well was so astoundingly assured that I wondered if AS Byatt had adopted a pseudonym... [Catherine Chanter is] a brilliant writer.' (Allison Pearson, author of I Don't Know How She Does It, presenting the Lucy Cavendish Award)