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.

are both suspended during the pandemic. We hope to start again as soon as it is safe to do so.

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.

Twitter: @WoodstockBooks

Sunday, 25 January 2009

The Trans-Siberian Railway

The bookshop was crowded last night as people came to hear Deborah Manley's talk. She and her friend Clive read from the book she edited which is a wonderful collection of writings - from Murray's Handbook for Travellers, 1893, to Bob Geldof, Eric Newby and Lesley Blanche. For those of us who aren't likely to be going across Russia soon, the book is a great companion and inspiration.
I was overwhelmed by the number of people who turned up for the talk - almost 40 - and wished the shop were twice the size so that everyone could have been accomodated with greater ease and the windows wouldn't have steamed up so much (I heard a couple of teenagers commenting in a surprised tone as they went past, 'They've got a lock-in at the bookshop!'). It is great that people want to come and I shouldn't complain of it, but I might have to introduce some sort of more formal ticketing system to control the numbers because I do want the evenings to continue and I also want everyone who comes to enjoy them and be able to relax. 25-30 is a more comfortable number...
So please, if you are thinking of coming to the next talk (Charles Elton) could you let me know in advance, and I will reserve a place and close bookings when the numbers become too great for comfort.

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Henry Porter and talks

Last night the village hall in Wootton-by-Woodstock was packed to hear Henry Porter give a talk about thrillers. This was the fourth talk organised by Wootton Village Hall talks (see their website http://www.woottontalks.co.uk/ for full details and pictures) and the first I have managed to attend. There was a mock-up of the Berlin Wall at the back of the hall, decorated with copies of original graffiti from the wall by a small team of Wootton residents one of whom has worked as a set designer on the Bond films at Pinewood. The atmosphere in the hall was great - very friendly, and there was food and drink which was most welcome as I had gone there straight from the shop. I had a stall and sold all Henry's books. He has written four thrillers - the last one, Brandenberg, has been a huge success here where it won the Ian Fleming award 2005 for the best thriller. In France it was voted the best thriller published last year. If you haven't read it, give it a go: it's unputdownable. He has also written a good children's book. He offered to give a talk here when his next book appears in the summer, so if that comes to anything I'll let you know.

Talks are very popular in and around Woodstock. I went to the inaugural talk of the Woodstock & Area Literature Society last week - Dr David Grylls on 'Sex in Victorian Fiction', which was every bit as fascinating as it sounds. And I thought what a great way to spend an evening - sitting with other people, all listening together to someone who speaks with great enthusiasm and energy. It feels very retro and I suspect it's the way forward.

Friday, 9 January 2009

Happy New Year!

Talks for the first few months of this year have now been fixed - see the column to the right. Adam Guillain came and did yet another spellbinding story session last Sunday afternoon. If you haven't heard him yet, I strongly recommend you visit the shop for his next session on Sunday 8 February at 4pm. You don't have to be a child to come along. (photos: Matt Kay)