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, 22 April 2015

James Patterson grant for The Woodstock Bookshop

The lovely James Patterson has been giving money to independent booksellers here and in the States, to promote children's reading and encourage booksellers to keep going in these times of ebooks and other difficulties. He is a great champion of books and reading - see here - and we have just heard that the bookshop is to receive a grant enabling us to continue and develop our schools visits and to have a new carpet for the shop's 7th birthday! We will post before and after pictures - the new carpet is being fitted this Friday. There are huge holes as you come in to the shop, a testimony to the number of feet that have walked here since we opened. We are very grateful for those feet, very grateful for the holes - without all the feet we wouldn't be here, about to start our eighth year of trading in Woodstock. Thank you all so much for visiting the shop and for buying your books here.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Frances Leviston and Helen Mort

Frances (left) and Helen after their reading in The Crown, Woodstock, held last night in conjunction with Tower Poetry.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Julia Blackburn talk on Threads: 24th June

We have rearranged Julia Blackburn's talk about Threads: The Delicate Life of John Craske for Wednesday 24 June. It will start at 7pm and is being held upstairs in the splendid Assembly Room at Woodstock Town Hall.

Threads is a very special book - if you liked The Hare with Amber Eyes, The Music Room, H is for Hawk or Other People's Countries you may well love it. It's the sort of book, like those, that is beautifully written, quirky and slightly uncategorisable - and all the better for that. For some recent reviews see here, and here, and here and, finally, here

We are also celebrating the start of our eighth year so the talk will mark the continued existence of The Woodstock Bookshop - it is taking place during Independent Booksellers' Week, which seems appropriate. Do come and join us - entry is £5 and wine will be served...

The Town Hall itself is a particularly suitable venue for this talk as it has seventeen wall hangings recording the history of Woodstock from the tenth to the twentieth centuries, designed to fit the Assembly Room. They were made by the Woodstock Broderers. a community textile group. Each panel was created in the design, colours and needlework style of its own period - the one below shows the Town Hall itself, built in 1766. The three huge upstairs windows are in the Assembly Room.

Woodstock wall hangings

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The Truth According to Us

I have just finished reading this - it is wonderful! Every second I wasn't reading it I was wishing I could - even went to bed early to finish it. Annie Barrows is the co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (she finished the book for her aunt who was dying of cancer) and I loved this book even more than that. She creates a family you want to be part of, in spite of all its dysfunctions, and characters you can believe in. Where better to spend part of your life than in these pages?

There seems to be a lot of fiction about to be published with a theme of finding friends and oneself in a small community. Or perhaps those are the proofs I have chosen to read, accidentally. The Truth... is the one I have loved most, but they are all excellent, charming, comforting - perfect books to curl up with and escape life. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is, again, a thoroughly American book set in a small town but written, oddly, by Katarina Bivald, a Swedish author who hadn't been to the States when she wrote the book. It has been a huge success in Sweden and it's easy to see why because it, too, while set in the present, harks back to an age and place where people know each other - rather like an American Archers. My third recent read is The Sunlit Night, a first novel by Rebecca Dinerstein who has previously published poetry - and it shows, too, because her prose is exquisite. In a reversal of The Readers, this novel takes the young American heroine and hero to the North of Norway and the midnight sun...

All three are published in June, in good time for the summer holidays.