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

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Top Christmas Sellers

Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol is the book trade's Christmas number one, I read this morning. When I checked my top ten best-sellers over the past month I came up with the following:
Howard's End is on the Landing - Susan Hill
Dogs that Know when their Owners are Coming Home - Rupert Sheldrake
Looking Back - Basil Mitchell
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
The World Cheese Book
Am I Alone in Thinking?
Cracking Cryptic Crosswords - Colin Dexter
Jesus' Christmas Party - Nicholas Allan
Red Sky at Night
True Deceiver - Tove Jansson
The first two (and the cheese book) are there because of events (Rupert Sheldrake was speaking at Wootton Village Hall as part of their hugely successful series of fundraising talks). Basil Mitchell is a retired academic living in Woodstock and I am posting his memoirs all over the world. It is an idiosyncratic list, to say the least!
The book I have sold most of since this time last year, however, is William Fiennes The Music Room - he came and read here, and it is set locally, but above all it is a wonderful book.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Christmas Opening

Really, this should be called Christmas Closing...
We are open as usual except for the following:
Christmas Day - shut
Saturday 26 December - shut
Friday 1 January - shut
Monday 28 December is a bank holiday and we will open from 1-4.30pm.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Persephone talk & independents

We had a splendid evening with Nicola Beauman (here she is, signing a copy of A Very Great Profession). The shop was full of (mostly) women who seemed to have read most of Persephone's books between them. Nicola Beauman spoke very passionately about her list of authors and I thought how great it would be to borrow her for the shop occasionally - her enthusiasm is so infectious.
Just to continue my musing about the prospects for independents - someone came in this morning and asked for a paperback of the new William Trevor. I said it wasn't in paperback yet. 'Yes it is, I bought it from Waterstones in Witney the other day.' What can you say? An export edition? She looked at me closely - 'But YOU can't get it?' No, I said. 'And you can't compete on price either, they do these 3 for 2.'
The next customer bounced in a few minutes later saying cheerily, 'I see you put Borders out of business: well done!'
It doesn't do to take any of this too personally.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Back to the bookshop....

We will hold tonight's talk about Persephone Books by Nicola Beauman at the bookshop - sorry to change things at such short notice but several people have got flu and cancelled. If you would like to use the evening to do some Christmas shopping, you are welcome to arrive a little early and come to the shop first as we will be here and open from 6.30pm.