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, 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.

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