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
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.

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.

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.

Twitter: @WoodstockBooks

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Lila - Shortlisted for the Warwick Prize for Writing 2015


Here is the shortlist:

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Her Birth by Rebecca Goss
Redeployment by Phil Klay
A Man In Love by Karl Ove Knausgaard 
Lila by Marilynne Robinson
Skyfaring by Mark Vanhoenacker

The prize, which is run by the University of Warwick, is an international and cross-disciplinary award, open to any genre or form of writing. The theme for this year's prize is 'Instinct'.

It's an interesting list and I am very pleased to see Lila on it - I can't begin to understand why this year's Booker failed to include it on the shortlist as everyone here thought it was the best novel by far on the longlist. I also find prizes like this and the Costa that pit books of totally different genres against each other hard to fathom. And 'instinct' - very broad as a theme! Still, anything that brings more attention to a book...

There is a fascinating interview between Marilynne Robinson and Barack Obama here.

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