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, 28 January 2015

Short stories - David Constantine and Carys Davies

A lot of people who come in to the shop won't buy short stories. I am not sure why this is. Perhaps they were forced to study them at school. Perhaps the feeling is that they are shorter so not as satisfying as novels.

On Monday 2nd February at 7pm we have two of the finest short story writers in the country coming to read from their work here - so do come to their talk and prepare to be converted!

A good short story distracts and disturbs, and the stories in Carys Davies's The Redemption of Galen Pike are the best short stories I have come across in some time. The book is so slender and many of the stories are so short it is scarcely credible they should have the impact and resonance that they do. 

The Redemption of Galen Pike, Carys Davies        Tea-at-the-Midland-and-Other-Stories-Constantine-Da-NEW-Paperback-23-08-2012

David Constantine's collection Tea at the Midland won the 2013 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. As he says, 'The best short stories feel as though they've been scooped out of the flux of life' - his own collection is a wonderful example of this: 

'... a superb collection of stories: Constantine's writing is rare today, unafraid to be rich and allusive and unashamedly moving' - the Independent.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Other People's Countries shortlisted for Duff Cooper Prize

As a regular reader of this blog you might realise we are huge fans of Patrick McGuinness's book Other People's Countries. We have mentioned it a few times. It is our book of the year, without a doubt. So it's very good to see a few discerning people out there agreeing with us and to learn that the book has been shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize. The shortlist is excellent -

Duff Cooper Prize Shortlist 2014

The Pol Roger Duff Cooper Prize celebrates the best in non-fiction writing. The first award was made in 1956, and it has been given annually ever since. The winner will be announced on 19 February.

George Prochnik: The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World
Helen Macdonald: H is for Hawk
Henry Marsh: Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery
Jenny Uglow: In These Times: Living in Britain through Napoleon's Wars
Marion Coutts: The Iceberg: A Memoir
Patrick McGuinness: Other People's Countries: A Journey into Memory

- for us, for the quality of the writing and the quirkiness of the concept and its humanity and humour, Other People's Countries is something very remarkable. To hear Patrick talking about the book see here.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Lawrence Home Nursing Christmas Cards

A huge thank you to everyone who bought Christmas cards for the Lawrence Home Nursing Trust here - we raised a total of £444 for the charity. This is a local charity providing nursing care for people at home - see here for more details. It's an excellent charity, founded in memory of a local GP, and the cards are locally produced too - our most popular this year were angels by Anuk Naumann,

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Angharad Price - The Life of Rebecca Jones

Our first talk this year is on Monday 19 January at 7pm, when Angharad Price is talking about her novel The Life of Rebecca Jones, based on the life of her great aunt and her family who have farmed the land in the Maesglasau valley in Wales for a thousand years:

Price's book achieves a rare feat indeed. A lovingly crafted account of Welsh-speaking rural life on the brink of dissolution or at least transformation, it serves both as a touching, tender document and as a thoroughly artful exercise in storytelling – one that, in methods and motifs, can claim a place on the shelf beside Berger, Sebald and Ondaatje. Widely hailed as the first Welsh classic of the 21st century... Boyd Tonkin (for the rest of his excellent review of the book see here).

The book was written in Welsh (and is very well translated by Lloyd Jones) and was awarded the Prose Medal at the 2002 National Eisteddfod and named Book of the Year by the Welsh Arts Council in 2003. Angharad Price is Senior Lecturer in the School of Welsh at Bangor University.

Horse - Katrina Porteous

The first parcel I unwrapped this year was an exquisitely wrapped little bundle from Katrina Porteous containing two of her limited-edition (only 200 numbered copies) of Horse. It is the work of three artists – Katrina’s sound poem about the Uffington White Horse, written for a BBC Radio 3 commission in 2011 with computer pioneer and composer Peter Zinovieff, illustrated with details from a series of specially commissioned prints by Olivia Lomenech Gill and three complete prints. The book contains a CD of the recording of a performance of Horse, an interview with Zinovieff and an afterword by Katrina about the writing of the piece – it costs £50. I am tempted to keep both but they are for sale and if anyone would like to buy a very special present...
Katrina was one of the highlights when she read with Liz Berry at our poetry festival in November and has offered to come again in early October. We will let you know if we manage to put something together – in the meantime do come and admire the book.
Happy New Year!