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Patrick recommends: November 2013

Signed copy of the Goldfinch, by Donna TarttThe Goldfinch, Donna Tartt   (Little, Brown, £20.00)

Theo Decker is going to become a great Character in twenty first century literature. Donna Tartt’s eagerly anticipated third book in three decades does not disappoint. It’s a thumping good read. It tells the story of a boy who loses a mother but gains a priceless painting when he is witness to a terrotist bombing in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. All 700 pages scream “read me”.   This without doubt should knock Dan Brown aside as the best seller of 2013

To the Letter, a Journey Through a Vanishing World, Simon Garfield  (Canongate, £17.99)

Simon Garfield’s books are always hard to categorise, which is frustrating for big chains and his publisher. But they are always riveting, entertaining and a joy to possess. “To the Letter” is no exception. Garfield takes us on a wonderful historical tour of letters and letter writing. He captures the essence of what is about to disappear from the noise a letter makes as it comes through our letter box to some of the most powerful and poignant letter ever written.

Three Brothers, Peter Ackroyd (Vintage, £12.99)

Peter Ackroyd has written a riveting tale set in 1960s London. On the surface this is an ordinary story of three very different brothers making their way in in the world’s most fascinating city. But there’s a shroud of the supernatural hanging over these boys which makes Peter Ackroyd’s novels so distinctive and unique


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Socks, gifts, and oh dear deer…

Christmas is coming, and at Jaffé & Neale we are already excited. The shop is positively laden with goodies, from tree decorations and stocking fillers, to that tricky present for Uncle Gerald. If you’ve never ventured further than the counter, you’re missing out, because our shelves at the back are full of fabulous presents.

We are particularly keen on our felt reindeer head: the perfect present for the person who has everything.

Gifts at Jaffe & Neale

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Jeremy Clarkson at Jaffé & Neale

The queue stretched out of the shop and around the corner, but despite the chilly weather, there was a cheery atmosphere among the crowds who turned up to meet Jeremy Clarkson last week. Staff handed out chocolates, and there was much speculation about what car Jeremy would be driving when he showed up (a Landrover).

As soon as Jeremy was settled at the signing table we began letting people through to see him. He took time to talk to everyone, especially the surprising number of young people who were excited to meet one of their TV heroes.

‘You once said I could have your job,’ said a teenage boy, as he presented his copy of Is It Really Too Much To Ask? for a signature.

‘It’s yours,’ Jeremy said. ‘It’s mostly writing, you know that, don’t you? And a bit of filming.’

‘That’s fine by me,’ the lad said. And the deal was done.

Dedications were written to dads, granddads, boyfriends and the occasional sister, and the stack of books at Jeremy’s side grew gradually smaller as he worked his way through the dozens of copies which had been reserved in advance. It was a wonderful evening, and we would like to thank Jeremy, and all the people who turned out to meet him.

If you weren’t able to join us, but would like a signed copy of Jeremy’s latest book, Is It Really Too Much To Ask? we still have a few copies in stock, so get in touch to reserve yours. 

Jeremy Clarkson at Jaffe & Neale

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Book signing: Jeremy Clarkson

Journalist and Chipping Norton resident Jeremy Clarkson will be signing copies of his latest book Is It Really Too Much To Ask? at Jaffe and Neale, at 5.30pm on Friday 15 November.

This will be the only UK signing, so don’t miss out!

‘In a world where the blind insist on leading the blind, we’re lucky to have Jeremy Clarkson doing the driving on a laugh-out-loud tour of what’s brilliant and what’s plain stupid- as only he can see it.

Pithy and provocative, belly laughs are guaranteed as Jeremy fearlessly lays out everything we’ve all been thinking but never spoken up on. For too long we have accepted daftness instead of embracing the best, and our national treasure demands an answer to a simple question: is it really too much to ask?’

‘Brilliant… laugh-out-loud’ Daily Telegraph

‘Outrageously funny… will have you in stitches’ Time Out



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Patrick recommends: October 2013

Under a Mackerel Sky, Rick Stein.

Rick Stein has had no ordinary life. More importantly he writes beautifully.  I expect this book to sell more copies than Nigel Slater’s “Toast” (285,000 copies). He copes with the death of his Bipolar father by escaping to Australia and returns to open a Padstow  night club where his plans for  sophistication  are drowned by the well paid and well oiled fishermen. This is not a celebrity memoir . It’s the lyrical and poignant  story of a man who has trawled the depths and reached beyond.

Under a Mackerel Sky, Rick Stein. Ebury, £20.00


Expo 58, Jonathan Coe.

Jonathan Coe Never disappoints and “Expo 58” is another brilliant  beautiful literary romp.  A naïve and ambitious civil servant ,Thomas Foley, is plucked to oversee the British offering at The Belgium World Expo. His only qualification is his father was a publican. He certainly is not ready or equipped to deal with coming together of Russians , Americans and so many beautiful woman so soon after the Second World War. This is a fabulous farce that captures a forgotten moment in history when the modern and Europe’s memories collide.

Expo 58, Jonathan Coe. Viking Press, £16.99


The Broken Road, from the Iron Gates to Mount Athos

This is one of the most eagerly anticipated books in publishing. It is the third volume of Patrick Leigh Fermor’s  amazing  journey across Europe on foot. If that wasn’t enough it has been edited by Artemis Cooper , Fermor’s  brilliant biographer, and Colin Thubron , the master travel writer.

The Broken Road, from the Iron Gates to Mount Athos, Patrick Leigh Fermor. John Murray, £25.00

Broken Road