We have a thriving book club at Jaffé & Neale, which meets at 6.30pm on the second Wednesday of every month in Chipping Norton and the last Tuesday of every month in Stow-on-the-Wold. There’s no membership, no charge, and no obligation to come every month, so if you like the sound of a particular book, and would like to discuss it over a glass of wine, we’d love to see you. Check this page for current book titles. Join us at 6.30pm on:
Tuesday, 21st February to discuss The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent, in Jaffé and Neale Stow.
Guylain Vignolles lives on the edge of existence. Working at a book pulping factory in a job he hates, he has but one pleasure in life . . .Sitting on the 6.27 train each day, Guylain recites aloud from pages he has saved from the jaws of his monstrous pulping machine. But it is when he discovers the diary of a lonely young woman, Julie – a woman who feels as lost in the world as he does – that his journey will truly begin.
A delightful tale about the kinship of reading… Much of the charm resides in the simplicity of Didierlaurent’s prose and his vivid characterisation. Ros Schwartz’s translation perfectly conveys the warmth and eccentricities of his memorable cast. Already a bestseller in France, The Reader on the 6.27 looks set to woo British readers and become a book club favourite.
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Wednesday, 1st March to discuss The Dig by Cynan Jones in Jaffe & Neale Chipping Norton
Deep in rural Wales, a farmer is struggling through lambing season when he becomes aware that his land is being stalked by a badger-baiter who brings with him the stark threat of violence. Built of the interlocking fates of these two solitary men, this is a searing story of isolation and loss, from a writer of uncommon gifts.
Wednesday, 5th April to discuss Dodgers by Bill Beverly in Jaffe & Neale Chipping Norton
When East, a low level lookout for a Los Angeles drug organisation, loses his watch house in a police raid, his boss recruits him for a very different job: a road trip – straight down the middle of white, rural America – to assassinate a judge in Wisconsin.
Having no choice,East and a crew of untested boys – including his trigger-happy younger brother, Ty – leave the only home they’ve ever known in a nondescript blue van with a roll of cash, a map and a gun they shouldn’t have. Along the way, the country surprises East. The blood on his hands isn’t the blood he expects, and he reaches places where only he can decide which way to go – or which person to become.
Wednesday the 3rd of May to discuss Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman in Jaffe @ Neale Chipping Norton
What kind of a girl steals the clothes from a dead man’s back and runs off to join the army?
A desperate one, that’s who.
World been turned on its head by that big old war, and the army seemed like the safest place to be, until we was sent off to fight them Indians. And then? Heck! When Death’s so close you can smell his breath, ain’t nothing makes you feel more alive.
We do hope that you can join us; for more information you can call us on 01608 641033 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for our Chipping Norton branch, or you can call 01451 83200 or email email@example.com for the Stow branch.