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For the Love of the Lido: Our pick of the best summer swimming reads

Here at Jaffé & Neale in Chipping Norton, we’re really lucky to have access to our local open air Lido. The pool has been run by local people as a charity since 2004 and describes itself as a ‘pool with a social conscience’, relying on the generous support of the public to maintain this treasured facility. Continue reading For the Love of the Lido: Our pick of the best summer swimming reads

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ChipLitFest 2018



ChipLitFest 2018 – four days of events in Chipping Norton that celebrate literature in all its forms. Best-sellers, debut novelists, poetry, nature writing, food & drink, free lectures, medical memoirs, politics, adventure, writers’ workshops, book groups and a children’s festival full of stories and drawing. Amazing, surprising, inspiring, thought-provoking and fun! Now in its seventh year, ChipLitFest is the biggest little litfest around. Over 100 volunteers, Festival Friends, patrons, trustees, businesses and sponsors work together to bring these brilliant events to the town. Headline names this year include Liza Tarbuck, Reggie Yates, Lionel Shriver, Robert Peston, Lucy Mangan, Richard Osman and Terry Waite.


Live Window Drawing with Nadia Shireen Saturday 28th April at 3pm at Jaffé and Neale Bookshop



Last year every child in reception classes received a copy of Nadia’s beautiful book The Bumblebear through the BookTrust’s Time to Read programme. Nadia will be sharing her love of illustration as she live-draws some of her gorgeous characters such as The Bumblebear, The Cow Who Fell to Earth and Good Little Wolf. Come and see the artist at work!

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Events This March at Jaffé and Neale

Join us for an evening in conversation with Clare Mackintosh to celebrate the launch of her new book Let Me Lie on Wednesday 14th March, 6.30-8pm


About the book:

The police say it was suicide. Anna says it was murder. They’re both wrong. One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter,  Anna,  has struggled to come to terms with their loss ever since. Now with a young baby of her own,  Anna misses her mother more than ever and starts to ask questions about her parents’ deaths.

But by digging up the past, is she putting her future in danger? Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie . . . The stunning, twisty new psychological thriller from number one bestseller Clare Mackintosh, author of I LET YOU GO and I SEE YOU.


Praise for Let Me Lie:

“Another one-more-chapter, stay-up-late sensation from Clare Mackintosh. No doubt about it now–she’s a major talent.”–Lee Child

“Clare Mackintosh has nailed it again. Let Me Lie is an emotional ride with fantastic twists.”—Fiona Barton, New York Times bestselling author of The Child

“Raced through Let Me Lie…inventive, twisting, and perfectly controlled.”—Sarah Vaughan, author of Anatomy of a Scandal

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Christmas and New Year Recommendations

We here at Jaffe & Neale are always happy to recommend our favourite reads. Here are a sample of our favourite picks for this Christmas and New Year.

The Secret Life of Cows, Rosamund Young, £9.99

This is a must read for the whole human race. The simplicity of the message is deceptive as the message behind this book could save the planet. Rosamund Young is an important commentator on modern farming techniques and man’s inhumanity to creatures.


The Lost Words: A Spell Book, Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris, £20.00

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The Lost Words is one of the most beautiful books of the year, for children and adults, a symphony to the wonders of the natural world, and a stand against the disappearance of wild childhood.


To Die in Spring, Ralf Rothmann, Shaun Whiteside, £12.99

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Patrick’s favourite book of the year. 2 seventeen year olds are drafted to the SS in 1944 to fight on the Eastern Front. Rothmann’s prose gives you a steadycam view of their travails and hopes. A gem.


Talking to My Daughter About the Economy, Yanis Varoufakis, £14.99

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Answering the question posed by his daughter ‘Why is there so much inequality?’, the unique voice of Varoufakis gives an accessible account of the current economic climate. With clear explanations, Varoufakis helps to make sense of a troubling world while inspiring us to make it a better one.


Lonely Planet’s Where To Go When, £19.99

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This beautiful book lives up to Lonely Planet’s usual spectacular quality, providing travel ideas for every month of the year. Perfect for constant traveller in your life.