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

Thursday, 14 October 2010


We held a meeting of the shop book group last night at which we discussed Muriel Spark's A Far Cry from Kensington. A few people couldn't quite see the point of it but most found it hilarious. Spark writes with a very light wit which led to a good discussion about humour in fiction. I have one customer who asks each time she comes in whether there isn't something funny she could read and my mind always goes totally blank. We came up with a few titles as a group and mused on the recent discussion of humour following Howard Jacobson's Booker win. There is an interesting article here by Frances Wilson, one of the Booker judges.

Josceline Dimbleby - Family Secrets

We will be providing books for a talk by Josceline Dimbleby organised by Bartons’ History Group on November 26th at 7.30 at the Alice Marshall Hall, Middle Barton.
Josceline Dimbleby, the well-known cookery writer, will talk about her book A Profound Secret – the tale of her discovery of a cache of letters written by pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones to her great grandmother May Gaskell, who lived nearby in Kiddington Hall.
For the cooks amongst us, she will end her talk by explaining how family travels throughout her life inspired her love of cooking. Her new book Orchards in the Oasis is packed with recipes developed from her childhood in the Middle East.
She will be signing copies of both books.
Tickets £6 available from The Woodstock Bookshop - for more information contact Chris Jones, tel: 01869 340409, jacobs@meganj.demon.co.uk.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Oliver Reynolds

Another very well attended poetry reading at The Woodstock Arms - over sixty people came to hear Christopher Reid and Oliver Reynolds reading from A Scattering, The Song of Lunch and Hodge. We were lucky to hear poems from Hodge as the book isn't published until later this month. It is beautifully produced - you can just see it behind Oliver Reynolds in the photo above. Oxford-based Arete have published the poetry collections - The Song of Lunch was first published by CBeditions and has just been brought out by Faber.

Jane Gardam

The next talk here will be by Jane Gardam on Tuesday 19 October at 7pm. She will talk about Old Filth and The Man in the Wooden Hat, her wonderful novels about Sir Edwards Feathers QC and Betty, his wife.
Old Filth, the story of Feathers, was published in 2004 and shortlisted for the Orange prize in 2005: it received outstanding reviews -
'The really outstanding work of fiction I've read this year, predictably neglected by the Booker judges, is Jane Gardam's Old Filth. A Rembrandt portrait of a lawyer from birth to death, it shuttles between east and west, love and heartbreak, murder and pity, repaying patience with luminous wisdom' - Amanda Craig, New Statesman Books of the Year
'This novel is surely Gardam's masterpiece' - Guardian
The Man in the Wooden Hat fills in Betty's side of the story, sending one back again to Old Filth to see what we, like Feathers, may have missed.
Jane Gardam is one of our very best novelists. who has written for children and adults. She won the Heywood Hill literary Prize in 1999, in recognition of her distinguished literary career - see here for an interview with her.