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Bookclub Books of the Year 2021

At our December 2021 Bookclub, our members were able to share some of the favourite books they have read over the last year. We’ve amalgamated all of these into one place for you to peruse.

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

From her place in the store, Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, watches carefully the behaviour of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change for ever, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans. In Klara and the Sun, his first novel since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, Kazuo Ishiguro looks at our rapidly-changing modern world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore a fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne

For Selvon, Ardan and Yusuf, growing up under the towers of Stones Estate, summer means what it does anywhere: football, music and freedom. But now, after the killing of a British soldier, riots are spreading across the city, and nowhere is safe.

While the fury swirls around them, Selvon and Ardan remain focused on their own obsessions, girls and grime. Their friend Yusuf is caught up in a different tide, a wave of radicalism surging through his local mosque, threatening to carry his troubled brother, Irfan, with it.

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Book Launch with Janice Cliffe – 7th September 2017

Join us on Thursday 7th September to celebrate the launch of The making of Chipping Norton by Adrienne Rosen and Janice Cliffe


A little bit about the book:

Chipping Norton today is a thriving Oxfordshire market town of some 6,500 people at the western edge of the Cotswolds. Its handsome Georgian houses and iconic tweed mill are well known, but the town’s history goes back much further, and by looking closely at its buildings and streets we can find survivals from earlier times all the way back to its medieval origins. This beautifully illustrated book – the result of a two-year project by the Chipping Norton Buildings Record – is divided into two parts. The first traces the development and changing fortunes of the town from its beginnings to about 1750, using new evidence from documents and buildings for an overview of Chipping Norton and its people in the past. The second part looks at each of the central medieval streets in turn and takes the reader on a walk to explore both what remains of its early fabric and what was once there.

Janice Cliffe will be here to discuss her work. This is a free event – we hope you can make it along.

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Book Review: Deep

Deep – James Nestor

Ever wondered what it would be like to dive 30 stories down into the ocean without scuba gear? To swim alongside sperm whales, hold your breath for four minutes at a time, and plumb the black depths of the ocean in a makeshift submarine? James Nestor has, and in his wonderful book Deep he attempts to find the answers himself. He explores free diving in all its slightly insane forms, from the international competitions where underwater blackouts are both regular and expected, to the more practical uses. The latter are extraordinary: meet the researchers who swim with whales the size of buses, and whose lungs shrink to the size of fists under conditions that would kill a scuba diver instantly. These people believe that investigating the sea from a scuba suit is like investigating jungle wildlife from within a land rover with the windows up and music on. And marine life seems to agree with them – animals are far friendlier to free divers. As Nestor shows, more has been learned about whales, sharks and echolocation from free diving than ever before, and what they have learned is fascinating. But eventually the author’s curiosity goes too deep, beyond what any human can withstand. He enlists the help of a dubious Honduran who has built a makeshift submarine that tends to fizz and buckle when deep. But go deep they do, down to black depths where the pressure for a human would be ‘like balancing the Eiffel Tower on your head.’ Here Nestor witnesses the ‘71% silent majority’ of life on Earth: the strange glowing, pulsing life of the deep ocean. It is hard to decide which part of Nestor’s adventure is the best, but it is a book you won’t want to end.

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Book Signing with Jeremy Clarkson

Join us at Jaffé & Neale Bookshop on Friday 19th November 2021 at 5pm and meet Jeremy Clarkson. Jeremy will be signing copies of his new book Diddly Squat: A Year on the Farm. The book provides a hilarious and fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the farm behind the hit TV show, Clarkson’s Farm.

Tickets are available to book on Eventbrite and include a copy of Diddly Squat: A Year on the Farm to be signed at the event. We do hope you can join us for this exclusive signing at Jaffé & Neale.