Inspiring Older Readers
The Woodstock Bookshop
Small but perfectly formed. This pocket-sized independent bookshop is situated on the main road that snakes through the delightful and well-heeled town of Woodstock - the home turf of Blenheim Palace. The shop has a nice old-fashioned front window and you know immediately from the selection on show that this is going to be a shop run by someone who knows their stuff and once you get inside you're not disappointed.
Space is at a premium and this necessitates making good, intelligent decisions about stock and then utilising every last bit of space possible. Somehow this is done without making the place feel too cramped and crowded to see anything - there are plenty of front-on displays to break up the regimentation of sheves packed spine forward. This is a shop owned by someone who loves books and it's a delight to see so many hardbacks mixed in with the paperbacks and a good range of subjects from art to fiction and biography.
Perhaps of most note is the space given to the children's and young adult section. An excellent range of new and classic titles and we found several new releases we haven't come across in the chain stores.
We would urge you to pay this shop a visit because you wont be disappointed. The shop also acts as the co-ordinator for the Woodstock Poetry Festival and holds a number of guest talks and signings by authors. they have a blog on which they advertise their events so you can check that out too.