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Upcoming Events at Jaffe & Neale Chipping Norton

24th June – 1st July 2017

Celebrate Independent Bookshop week

at Jaffe and Neale

To celebrate the 11th anniversary of Independent Bookshop Week (IBW), here at Jaffé & Neale we have some very special events planned. IBW is part of the Books Are My Bag campaign, which is dedicated to supporting Independent bookshops up and down the country. For more information on the upcoming events, ask us in store, email us at, or call us on 01608 641481

10:30am Tuesday 27th June 2017
Tickets £14.99, on sale now.

Ticket price includes a copy of Pages For Her and coffee & cake

To celebrate the release of her novel, Pages For Her, Sylvia Brownrigg will be visiting the shop to discuss her work, answer any questions you might have, as well as doing a short reading from her newest book. Sylvia has authored six works of fiction, and has appeared in the New York Times Notable list, as well as the LA Times Best Books of the year. Her reviews have appeared in various publications, and she has taught at the American University in Paris.  

6pm Monday 26TH June 2017


Peter Malin will be here in the shop to celebrate the launch of his newest collection of short stories, Out of the Dark.
Peter will do a short talk about his work, accompanied by a reading from his newest book.
The event is not ticketed, so do feel free to come along. 


10:30 am Saturday 24th June 2017


Seb Holmes, professional London chef, will be here in the shop on Saturday the 24th June to sign copies of his newest book, Cook Thai. Seb’s restaurant Farang aims to feed Londoners modern Thai street food with a key focus on fusing seasonal ingredients with home-made Thai street food. Founder and head chef Seb Holmes fell in love with Thai food whilst working as the sous chef at the Begging Bowl in Peckham where the food is renowned for it’s sweet, salty, spicy and sour deliciousness.

The event is not ticketed; we look forward to seeing you.

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Book Launch with Jane Griffiths, 11th May at 6:30pm Chipping Norton

We are very pleased to announce that on Thursday 11th May, local poet Jane Griffiths will be launching her newest poetry collection, ‘Silent in Finisterre’ with a short reading here at Jaffe & Neale Chipping Norton.

Jane is best known for her Forward Prize shortlisted ‘Another Country: New and Selected Poems’, as well as her wonderful collection, ‘Terrestrial Variations’. Jane was also recently selected as a guest poet to take part in the Shore to Shore poetry event alongside Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, Imtiaz Dharker, and Gillian Clarke.

Doors will open for the evening at 6:30pm for a 7pm start. The event will not be ticketed, so feel free to attend. For more information, you can call us at the shop on 01608 641033, or email us at

As always, we look forward to seeing you there.

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Jaffé & Neale Bookshop & Café celebrate their 15th Anniversary! October 2016

Patrick Neale and Polly Jaffé met in the travel section of Waterstones Bristol, not as romantic as it sounds as they both were Waterstones employees at the time. Neither of them guessed that their meeting in 1992 would lead to an award winning Independent Bookshop in Chipping Norton, now celebrating its 15th anniversary and their three strapping sons.

Polly, Patrick and sons moved to Chipping Norton in September 2001 taking on the long established and much respected Bookshop Chipping Norton from Elizabeth Sleight. After 5 enjoyable years they moved the shop to it’s current ocation in the middle of the Market square. It was here that they developed their dream bookshop; opening it with a café serving Aga baked cakes by their friend Ceci Magee. It’s a source of joy and frustration that the cakes arouse greater social media celebration than the book reviews. The Bookshop developed a strong events program that, over the years, has seen Michael Palin, Ian Rankin, Jeannette Winterson, Jeremy Clarkson and many more wonderful Authors cross the threshold at the Bookshop. More recently they have enjoyed a brilliant partnership with Chipping Norton Literary Festival helping the town come alive with Literary and celebrity goings on each April.

Patrick’s BA Presidency and Polly’s Chairing of the Children’s Bookgroup and time served on the World Book Day Executive, along with her eye for useful and beautiful non book items, mean that they have been happy to broaden the appeal of the Bookshop selling numerous useful and beautiful gift items, including reading glasses, Lamy pens, candles and even slippers (to embody this year’s delight in the Hygge lifestyle phenomenon). They’ve been keen to lead the field in setting the standard for the Bookshop of the future, maintaining that it’s the books that are always Jaffé & Neale’s first passion.
Patrick and Polly have developed a dedicated and thoughtful team who are delighted to recommend their favourite reads while serving a delicious cappuccino or flat white.

In a world of high street homogeneity, lacklustre customer service and internet drudgery Patrick and Polly have devoted their time to build an Independent Bookshop and café that celebrates the individual and applauds the stylish and quirky. Be it the book recommendation, the cake or the gift they aim for it to be of quality while carefully and lovingly prepared.
img_0194With this in mind Jaffé & Neale are delighted to celebrate their 15th anniversary on 8th October 2016. They intend to celebrate throughout the autumn championing many of the great books being published. Also as a gift to themselves and as an indication of their confidence in the health of the physical book trade they are opening a second Bookshop & café, in Stow on the Wold, this autumn. More to follow about that.
Championing books that may not be on the bestseller lists and marrying modern technology with good old fashioned face to face conversation, they aim to make the time spent at Jaffé & Neale time enjoyed and well spent. The goal is to cement a healthy future for real books in a high street environment for many years to come.
Happy Birthday Jaffé & Neale.

[tweetthis]It’s party time! @Jaffeandneale 15 yrs old on 8th October. #booksaremybag #chippingnorton #birthday.[/tweetthis]

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Autumn Events: David Millar & Alexander McCall Smith

Which do you prefer: the life and times of a professional cyclist, or the exploits of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency? Thankfully, we’re hosting experts in both of those fields, so you don’t have to decide.racer

David Millar, first Briton to wear the leader’s jerseys in the Tour de France and author of bestselling book Racing Through the Dark, will be speaking about his newest title; The Racer: Life on the Road as a Pro Cyclist. The talk will take place at 2pm on Saturday 3rd October, at Cotswold Cycles in Morton-in-Marsh. Tickets are £5, and are redeemable against a copy of The Racer.


Alexander McCall Smith is Emeritus professor of law at the University of Edinburgh, he has published over fifty books and helped to set up the law school at the University of Botswana. The author will be speaking at the Methodist Church in Chipping Norton on 9th October to discuss his bestselling series and its influences. Tickets are £8.00 and give you £5.00 off any of his books until the date of the event.


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Amanda Brooks is Bringing Glamour to Chippy

Amanda Brooks will be here signing copies of her acclaimed new book – Always Pack a Party Dress – and talking about her long and varied career. Ranging from a ‘gallerina’ at the Gagosian Gallery to a photo assistant for Patrick Demarchelier, Amanda has since stamped her distinctive personal style across the world as a leading fashion designer, and a warm, witty writer to boot. always pack a party dress Pop over from 10:30 on Saturday the 11th of July, no ticket needed. Perfect for those passionate about fashion, or just looking to be inspired.