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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 signing, drinks and dinner, with author Declan Murphy and Ami Rao

You are invited to a book signing, drinks and dinner with 
Declan Murphy to celebrate the publication of his autobiography

Tuesday, 25th April 2017 

Reception and Book signing @7pm

Jaffé and Neale Bookshop & Café, 8 Park Street,  Stow-on-the-Wold

Sponsored by Haynes, Hanson and Clark.

Admission free.

Following the reception we will be hosting a dinner and interview  with Declan Murphy and Ami Rao at The Old Butchers restaurant (opposite Jaffé and Neale)

Dinner @8pm The Old Butchers, 7 Park Street, Stow-on-the-Wold £45

(To include 3 course set menu and signed copy of the book).

Please book dinner tickets directly with The Old Butchers on 01451 831700. Reservations are on a strictly first come first served basis.

All enquiries and RSVP to e: t: 01451 832000


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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.

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What A Weekend- Chipping Norton Literary Festival 2015

From Left to Right: A F Harold, Steven Butler, Dave Shelton, Elen Caldecott, Adam Stower, Gill Lewis

What a fantastic festival! The much anticipated Chipping Norton Literary Festival exceeded all expectation and was another incredible occasion for the town and beyond.

Thursday saw a steady flow of creativity and awe-inspiring talent stream through the shop as a rich variety of authors joined us here in the shop and across Chipping Norton. We saw an enthusiastic group of children’s authors coming together for the Festival’s school’s day. I’m undecided as to the what the collective noun for authors should be but when you see children’s authors, like those who joined us, its hard to think of anything strictly formal like an index or a chapter of authors. When you meet such imaginative, engaging and enthusiastic authors you know as a bookseller that your job has just become that much easier; their passion for books, not just their own work, and their eloquent way with words has most definitely sold us on every single book! Schools across the county were joined by Stewart Ross, Adam Stower, Dave Shelton, Gill Lewis, Elen Caldecott, Steven Butler, A F Harold and John Dougherty.

Mark Billingham and Lee Child

After a flying start,  Friday, Saturday and Sunday saw an astonishing array of exceptional events ranging from Lee Child in the Theatre as well as Richard and Judy later in the day, Shelia Hancock and Baroness Trumpington, Matt Haig in the Town Hall and debut novelists Renee Knight, Jason Hewitt and Paula Hawkins, and storytelling with Petr Horacek in the Library. The town was buzzing with literary excitement and here in the shop we were truly privileged to host the Green Room. If you missed out this year on all that the Festival had to offer then make sure you follow us throughout the year and join us next year. Here are some of our favourite moments from the weekend.

Matt Haig enjoying the joys of the bookshop
Our beautiful window by Petr Horacek
Storytelling in the Library with Petr Horacek
The incredible Lee Child with the lovely Polly Jaffé


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Healthy eating has become a vibrant, fun thing with cookbook after cookbook showing you the beauty of cooking the things that will make your body feel good inside and out. We’ve seen the Hemsley sisters reminding us how to eat well, Deliciously Ella reinventing the way we view food and Dale Pinnock showing us how to eat our way to better health. But it can still be a problem to get the right vitamins and minerals into our diet.

If you haven’t already discovered the joys of juicing you need to. More and more people are incorporating juices into this healthy lifestyle that we are seeing modelled. I know you may have a whole stack of cookbooks already this year but here’s one more to add; a perfectly sized, easy to use juicing book by Rosemary Ferguson. rosemaryCategorised into six sections including Detox & Heal, Rest & De-Stress and Energize, Ferguson’s debut book is concise in its method and descriptions but incising and intriguing. There is a stunning freshness throughout the book, both pictorially and in its content, that for me, an owner of far too many cookbooks, cannot help but buy immediately. The brilliant thing, yet another to add to the list, is that no matter if you have a Nutribullet or a more simple juicer, her recipes are there to suit all. Read more about model and nutritionist Rosemary Ferguson here

One of the joys of being in such a wonderful independent bookshop is being able to welcome authors into the shop and we have the privilege of having a Spring Saturday morning with Rosemary Ferguson. Join us on Saturday 11th April from 10-11am for a book signing and juicing demos. Sample a variety of her delicious juices and be inspired whether be it for yourself or finally finding a way for your kids to get fruit and vegetables into their diet.juice

Order your copy of Juice by Rosemary Ferguson in store now and be sure to join us on 11th April.


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A Week of Inspiration


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Chris Riddell bringing our window to life.

Life in the bookshop is always filled with mind-blowing new books, gems of literature that you never knew you needed and a community of wit, knowledge and talent. It is only until you have a week like this, at the end of a grey and rather cold February, that you realise how truly incredible the people are behind the books and how much more wit, knowledge and, especially, talent there is in the literary world. We had the privilege of being joined by two men who need no introduction and their reputation alone got us all excited about their visit to the shop. Chris Riddell, award winning author and illustrator, political cartoonist for The Observer, illustrator of works by Neil Gaiman, cover artist for The Literary Review… the list goes on, arrived one perfectly ordinary Wednesday lunchtime, but from the moment he entered the shop there was something magical that happened. His pure and natural, rather astounding, talent as an illustrator was so much more than inspiring; it was infectious and quite simply left us all speechless… for once! Drawing our favourite characters from his series Goth Girl, and portraits from Ottoline, we felt as if he had brought our friends to play for the day. We were not the only ones to enjoy his company. Regular customers and young fans were able to meet the creator of such fond children stories. At 4pm he read, he drew, he made us laugh, and his scribbled his beautiful signature in our books. If you didn’t make it to the event please do come and buy a Chris Riddell book, signed and sealed, by the man himself.

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What a cool mathematician!

From one genius to another, as we waved off Chris Riddell Matt Parker, the Stand-Up mathematician, joined us for a Friday night bookshop event. I know many of you will roll your eyes when you say that there are people out there who make mathematics a subject that is genuinely interesting, but please keep those eyes still and believe us when we say that Matt Parker has a gift at keeping you gripped when talking about maths. His adrenalin may be slightly off the wall but when you start understanding the patterns and algorithms that he sees in the everyday you soon are equally infected by such excitement. Even the most basic of things like tying your shoes laces was enhanced by a technique that still baffles Leanne and Patrick. And his style? How many people know of such an intelligent man with such unique clothing? A scarf, made by his mother, knitted with the binary code of ‘Maths is fun’. Now that alone makes you inquisitive. For those of you who are still not convinced, and even after hearing maths sceptics like Leanne talking about the joy of this event, I challenge you to watch Matt Parker online or in person, and we cannot recommend his book enough. Signed copies of Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension are available now.

What a week.

Bring on March.

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The Art of Good Health for the New Year

I’m sure you have seen the endless stacks of diet books not only on your own bookshelves but in the shops too. Windows scattered with the easiest and fastest ways to lose weight, but we want to do it differently here. 2015 is a year of good HEALTH and, thanks to some great cookery authors, being healthy has never been so appealing and accessible. bookcoverannajoneshhAnna Jones and the Hemsley sisters are just a few names who are promoting a beautiful lifestyle that will not only help you manage a balanced diet but will also leave your skin gleaming and your energy levels staying high so that you can enjoy all that life throws at you.

With attractive and wholesome recipes we can’t recommend A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones and The Art of  Eating Well by Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley enough. Enjoy new ways to cook and love your food. Try intriguing ingredients and fun methods, such as using a spiraliser, to begin 2015 with a spring in your step. Both sets of authors have a true passion and belief in the recipes that they have compiled so buy their books in the shop today and change the way you feel for the better.

If you love the Hemsley sisters as much as we do there is the opportunity to meet them for yourselves as part of the Bite Festival 2015. On Monday 2nd February join Jasmine and Melissa for lunch and a talk at Three Ways House Hotel, Chipping Campden. For more information and to buy your ticket go to the Bite website here.



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Join Us For Late Night Shopping and Carols With Andrew Gant

Andrew Gant

What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than late night shopping at our bookshop. Smells of mulled wine and a celebration of carols with Andrew Gant this is an evening to relax and pick up those perfect Christmas gifts. Take a look at our Books of the Year or ask us for a recommendation but whatever you are searching for this holiday, be it for a loved one or a warming read for oneself, its here waiting for you.

Join us on Thursday 4th December from 5.30-8pm in the shop, joined by Andrew Gant and carols at 6pm.