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Events at Jaffe & Neale: Katriona MacGregor and Melissa Hood

Meet Katriona MacGregor, Saturday 16th April

Katriona MacGregor, author of Healthy Speedy Suppers, will be here on Saturday the 16th April from 10am until 12pm to talk about her book, and her extensive work, here in the shop.

Trained at Leiths School of Food and Wine, Katriona has worked in cookery schools and restaurants all over the country, both cooking and coming up with delicious new recipes. The event is not ticketed, so feel free to come along.

Book signing with Melissa Hood, Friday 29th April

Melissa Hood, founder of The Parent Practice, will be here at Jaffe & Neale between 10:30am and 12pm on Friday 29th April to sign copies of her new book, Real Parenting for Real Kids, and to give a short talk about useful parenting tips.

The Parent Practice was set up in 2004, and since then, Melissa has held hundreds of classes.  Melissa has a certificate in Systemic Family Therapy and is trained in NLP, group dynamics, supporting separated families, as well as non-verbal communication techniques.

Tickets are £5 per person, and can be bought over the phone at 02086733444, or alternatively they can be bought online at

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Biggest Book Show on Earth and World Book Day

Thursday the 3rd of March saw both Sibford School and St. Mary’s School get dressed up to celebrate World Book Day in style here at Jaffe & Neale. The pupils were treated to readings from our very own Leanne (dressed as Chris Riddell’s Ottoline), and then were given their WBD vouchers, and let loose upon the World Book Day books.

DSC07486A day later, on Friday the 4th of March, we were very excited to host The Biggest Book Show On Earth, an initiative thought up by the charity behind World Book Day. The event took place in St. Mary’s Church here in Chipping Norton, and saw children’s authors Julian Clary (along with illustrator David Roberts), Steve Cole, Katherine Rundell, Steven Butler, Cavan Scott and M. G. Leonard  come down to talk about their work to local school children.

Our thanks go out to the authors, as well as all 600 of the pupils who attended the event; needless to say, it was a terrific success, and one that we here at Jaffe & Neale are very proud to be a part of. Thanks also to the World Book Day charity, who work very hard to encourage reading among younger audiences. If you’d like to know more about their work, head over to for more information.


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An Evening With Ruby Wax: Wednesday 13th January

Feeling stressed? Thankfully, we’ve got the solution; very soon, Ruby Wax will be here to talk about her work, as well as her latest book, A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled. In it, Ruby explores her new, more accessible theory of mindfulness, and how it doesn’t necessarily need to be hard work in order to be rewarding.


Ruby, who has numerous qualifications in psychology, counselling and cognitive therapy, has long been on the mindfulness scene, having written another book, Sane New World, back in 2013.

The event will take place in St Mary’s Church here in Chipping Norton at 6:30 on Wednesday 13th January. Tickets are £8, and are currently available in the shop.

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Late Night Shopping at Jaffe and Neale: Friday 4th December, 5:30 – 8pm

The holiday season is upon us once more, and we here at Jaffe and Neale are proud to announce that our annual late night shopping will take place on Friday the 4th of December; rather than closing at 5:30, we’ll be keeping our doors open until 8pm.


So join us in the shop for book recommendations, ideas for Christmas gifts, coffee, tea, and of course, a very special visit from Oxfordshire’s most festive pony.

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Art Installation by Petr Horacek

Friday the 6th November at 3pm, award winning children’s illustrator Petr Horacek will be joining us once again to create a unique window display here in the shop.


Petr last joined us in April as part of the Chipping Norton Literary Festival; as well as story-telling, Petr spent the afternoon decorating the shop in the style of his book, ‘The Mouse Who Ate the Moon’, and chatting with fans of his work. This time, to coincide with the release of his latest book, ‘Blue Penguin’, the theme will be decidedly chillier!


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Upcoming Events

After the tremendous success of our visits from Prue Leith, Alexander McCall Smith, Katie May Green  and David Millar, we are pleased to announce that we have a couple more events coming up in the near future.


Charles Moore is a journalist, and having worked for several prominent publications, was chosen to write the biography of Margaret Thatcher; the first volume of which, Not for Turning, was published in 2013, shortly after Mrs. Thatcher’s death. Following the release of the second volume, Everything She Wants, Mr. Moore will be joining us here at Jaffè and Neale on the 28th October during the day to sign copies of his book.  


Dominic Sandbrook, author and historian, will be here to celebrate the launch of his new book, The Great British Dream Factory. The event will take place here in the shop on November 12th at 6:30pm, and will not be ticketed.





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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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Cheese tasting and book signing with Juliet Harbutt

Join us on Saturday the 18th July at 10:30am for an hour of cheese tasting and book signing, courtesy of Juliet Harbutt, creator of the celebrated ‘World Cheese Book’.

cheeseJuliet, who has long been cultivating her knowledge and passion for cheese, frequently gives talks on the subject, and conducts workshops and master-classes for other cheese aficionados all over the world.  As well as creating both the British Cheese awards and the Great British Cheese Festival, Juliet has more recently made several television appearances, with the goal of promoting a better understanding of artisanal cheeses.

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Don’t Miss the Return of Harper Lee

After a brief fifty-five year hiatus, Harper Lee is returning with a sequel of To Kill a Mockingbird. Set twenty years after the events of her first novel, Go Set a Watchman is the highly anticipated follow-up to one of the most successful and important literary debuts of all time.

On Tuesday 14th June, the shop will open at 8 am for the release – come along to make sure you get a copy!