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

Monday, 17 March 2014

Let Books be Books

Well, finally! If you click here you will see that authors and booksellers have started a campaign to end selling books targeted sepcifically at boys or girls - see my post for 5th June 2013, Can a Boy Read a Book by a Woman? I feel very strongly about this and always refuse to stock anything labelled 'boy' or 'girl' - but even if there are no labels, the design and colours send the same message. Congratulations to Malorie Blackman for drawing attention to this - just what a children's laureate should be doing....


Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more and I'm grateful that your bookshop is not a place where I have to contend with pointless advertising choices based on a child's sex - unlike every franchised shoe shop and many toy shops! We're careful about the advertising and branding my toddler is exposed to at home but she is already picking up the message from elsewhere and we have to explain often that products aren't 'just' for boys or 'just' for girls.

I very much like the helpful cartoon on this page which applies for books just as much as toys! http://reluctantmom.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/how-to-tell-if-a-toy-is-suitable-for-a-boy-or-a-girl/

Rachel said...

The present campaign is about covers and marketing - which is a start. I am possibly even more concerned about the issue I mentioned in June 2013, about the marketing of authors and specifically the idea that boys will not read anything written by a woman or with a girl as the main character. It happens over and over in the bookshop - girls will mostly read anything, whereas there seems to be something contagious about female writers and characters, the femininity might rub off in some debilitating way...