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

Saturday, 31 October 2009

Susan Hill

On Tuesday 24th November Susan Hill is coming to speak at the Methodist Church just across the road from the bookshop. She will be talking about her new book, Howard's End is on the Landing, about a year spent away from bookshops and the internet reacquainting herself with the books already on her shelves. As a bookseller I have to admit I viewed the project with a certain lack of enthusiasm! But the book itself is an intriguing blend of thoughts and memories and this is a wonderful opportunity to meet one of our very best writers. I know of few better books about the First World War than Strange Meeting - and have you read The Woman in Black or The Beacon? Or her Simon Serailler crime novels? Tickets are available from the shop, £4 each - advance booking essential.
We are very grateful to the Methodists for allowing us to hire the church for the evening. We expanded into the Methodist Church for the talk by Patrick Gale last month and thought it made a very good venue. The church is much more spacious than the shop but still feels intimate. The chairs are extremely comfortable and a huge plus for me is that I don't have to carry them up and down the road!

Monday, 12 October 2009

Patrick Gale at The Methodist Church

There was such demand for this talk that we have moved it across the road to the Methodist Church...

Woodstock Literature Society

The society is entering its second year and has arranged the following talks for 2010 for full details see their website:
23 January, 3 pm Woodstock Museum: 'Happy Birthday Anton Pavlovich!' - illustrated talk on works & life of Checkhov by Rosamund Bartlett on 150th anniversary of his birth. Followed by tea and AGM.
18 February, 8 pm, Woodstock Town Hall: 'Witchcraft in Shakespeare', Diane Purkiss (fellow of Keble) - bar from 7.30.
17 March, 8 pm, Woodstock Library: Harry Sidebottom will talk about his Warrior of Rome novels set in 2nd century Rome - bar from 7.30.
21 April, 8pm, Woodstock Library: 'Dreaming Spires: Literary Oxford' - talk by Clare Connors of Queen's College Oxford.
11 May, 8 pm, Woodstock Town Hall: Alison Weir, 'Princes, Paramours & Prisoners: Woodstock Palace from Fair Rosamund to Elizabeth I - part of Woodstock@900 Festival.
19 June, 3 pm, Woodstock Museum: 'TV Drama: the writer's challenge' - illustrated talk by Nicholas McInnery (who has written many episodes of The Bill). NB This lecture has been re-scheduled to Saturday 11th December. It will still be in the Oxfordshire Museum and will be followed by a seasonal tea.
15 July, 8 pm, Woodstock Town Hall
: 'Race & Conflict in Two American Novels' - Tessa Roynon, lecturer in English at St Peter's, Oxford, will discuss The Bluest Eye (Toni Morrison) and The Human Stain (Philip Roth).
21 September, 8 pm, Woodstock Town Hall: 'Contemporary Crime Fiction', Heather O'Donoghue.
6 October, 8 pm, Woodstock Library: Claire Letemendia will talk about her historical romance set in the Civil War, The Best of Men.
Annual membership £20; individual lectures £5 (except for Alison Weir, £8). For further details contact Linda Glees: lindaglees@btinternet.com