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, 24 July 2014

Lila - Marilynne Robinson

I am surprised that Lila, the latest novel by Marilynne Robinson, is not on the Booker list this year. It comes out here in October and is a wonderful novel, every bit as good as Gilead and Home, or even better. It is so beautifully written and Lila herself is such an extraordinary character. I love the way the relationship between her and Ames is shown, the way the narrative weaves her life into being, backwards and forwards in time but, like a shuttle, always adding something slightly different and new, never repetitive. Look out for it!

Marilynne Robinson is talking about Lila at the Sheldonian on November 12 - tickets from Blackwells: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

H is for Hawk

Helen Macdonald is coming to the Methodist Church in Woodstock on Thursday 26 September at 6pm to talk about her new book as part of the Blenheim Palace Literary Festival. This event is a Woodstock Bookshop event but tickets must be booked through the festival, see here. If you have any difficulty booking tickets please ring us.

H is for Hawk is a beautifully written account of Helen's taming of the goshawk she calls Mabel, interwoven with fascinating comments on TH White's The Goshawk and descriptions of her grief after the sudden death of her father

More than any other writer I know, including her beloved White, Macdonald is able to summon the mental world of a bird of prey - Mark Cocker, Guardian

H is for Hawk is a dazzling piece of work: deeply affecting, utterly fascinating and blazing with love and intelligence...a deeply human work shot through, like cloth of gold, with intelligence and compassion – an exemplar of the mysterious alchemy by which suffering can be transmuted into beauty. I will be surprised if a better book than H is for Hawk is published this year - Melissa Harrison, Financial Times (see here for the full review)

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Independent Booksellers' Week 2014

A very nice piece here about the bookshop in yesterday's Oxford Mail for Independent Booksellers' Week. We've had a sale all week which has been fun and brought new people in to the shop - and on Thursday Tim Butcher came and gave an excellent talk about The Trigger, his book about the young assassin whose actions were the pretext for the start of the First World War. He had some great photographs - I particularly loved the ones of the vast landscape of mountains and valleys he crossed following Princip's steps through Bosnia to Belgrade and Sarajevo. He brought Princip alive for us.

The evening owed more than usual to the support of our customers, as one of them had popped in to the shop a few weeks ago and suggested we invite Tim who is a friend of her son's. She offered to contact him for me and she sent out encouraging emails to all her friends, and the result was Tim Butcher, a full church, a very attentive and interested audience, and a hugely enjoyable evening. Thank you, Ros!