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

Friday, 22 May 2009

Dogs at The Woodstock Bookshop?

Possibly the wildest event we have organised yet... On Sunday June 21st at 4.30pm we will be welcoming Helen Peacocke and her dog Pythius-Peacocke, joint authors of Paws Under the Table, to talk about their book. Helen is a food writer who has reviewed most pubs in Oxfordshire and she and Pythius-Peacocke have produced a charming guide to some of the best pubs in the county including The Woodstock Arms, which does excellent food. You will find out more about the book here. Come to the launch at the shop - well behaved dogs very welcome - Helen will tell us a little about her researches and sign copies, then off for a short walk before retiring to The Woodstock Arms where free nibbles will be served when you order a drink.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Katherine Swift

I know that everyone who came to Katherine's talk last night will want to visit her garden as soon as they can - perhaps when all the roses are out. So here are the details:

The Dower House
Morville Hall
WV16 5NB

The garden is managed on organic principles. It is rich in wildlife, and is a haven for many species of birds. Katherine is also a skilled beekeeper, and visitors can visit the hives. Honey is usually available for purchase during the season, together with an array of jams made from the produce of the garden.The best times to visit are April and May for a stunning display of tulips and other bulbs, June for the roses, July and August for agapanthus and clematis, and September for michaelmas daisies and heritage varieties of apple.

Open Wednesday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 2pm to 6pm. Open for groups by appointment only Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
For further information look at The Dower House

Friday, 15 May 2009

Independent Foreign Fiction Prizewinner

The Armies by Colombian author Evelio Rosero has won the 2009 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize - it is the second time translator Anne McLean has won the prize. The Armies is set in a village in the remote mountains of Colombia and follows the story of a retired schoolteacher who stays in his village as other people gradually leave to escape the war. Rosero is a major writer and The Armies has been hailed as 'one of the most important Latin American novels of the last few years'.

Friday, 8 May 2009

Working conditions

Merle was here yesterday afternoon. She is spending some time here finding out whether working in a bookshop is as nice as she imagined. While she was sitting on the beanbag checking off a delivery and I was pottering round on the computer a woman came in, looked around, and said : 'How lovely. What bliss. Just the two of you, piles of books and NO MEN.'
We do occasionally have men. Some even work here...

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

First anniversary

One year old! And the shop is looking great - I filched a small table from our sitting room for Boyd Tonkin's talk on the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize on Saturday, and the shortlisted books fill it nicely. I have read Voice Over which I highly recommend and am half-way through Beijing Coma. The writing is superb - translated by Ma Jian's wife, Flora Drew, it details personal and political events leading up to the massacre in Tiananmen Square and I can't believe there's a better book on the list. Though I will read the others just to check...

We had a very good first birthday talk from Boyd Tonkin. The shop was full and Boyd talked about previous years of the prize as well as this, so it was a very good way for people to catch up on what they might have missed in the way of translated fiction. I have tried to stock a lot of it, as it's so often neglected in larger shops. Recent enthusiasm for Swedish detective fiction has brought a great audience for Henning Mankell and Stieg Larssen and I also do a steady trade in Andrei Makine (fantastically translated by Geoffrey Strachan who lives locally).

Boyd was kind about the shop and said:

'I'm sure the shop will thrive - it was such a rare and wonderful experience these days to see so many great books within reach rather than theoretically on sale to anyone with the persistence to ask five clueless assistants and navigate miles of shelves.'

Saturday, 2 May 2009

William Fiennes

I had to turn down so many people who wanted to come to William's talk on Monday. Nearly everyone who was there has either phoned or come in to the shop to say what an extraordinary evening it was and how very moved they were. Someone who booked too late to get a seat and so stood for over an hour said she couldn't believe how long she had been standing for when she looked at her watch. Time was suspended: William stood reading from the beginning of the book and a great stillness came over the room. When it is read aloud, the book has the power and inevitability of poetry. He has managed something truly remarkable. The final image of Richard standing in the music room, about to sing, captures something of the atmosphere William created for us here.