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Upcoming Events at Jaffe & Neale Chipping Norton

Thursday 21st September at 6pm, book launch with Nell Darby

Nell Will be here in the shop to celebrate the launch of her new book, Life on the Victorian Stage: Theatrical Gossip.

“The expansion of the press in Victorian Britain meant more pages to be filled, and more stories to be found. Life on the Victorian Stage: Theatrical Gossip looks at how the everyday lives of Victorian performers and managers were used for such a purpose, with the British newspapers covering the good, the bad and the ugly side of life on the stage during the nineteenth century. Viewed through the prism of Victorian newspapers, and in particular through their gossip columns, this book looks at the perils facing actors from financial disasters or insecurity to stalking, from libel cases to criminal trials and offers an alternative view of the Victorian theatrical profession.”

The event will not be ticketed and is free to attend. We look forward to seeing you.

Wednesday 18th October, an evening with Rosamund Young, author of The Secret Life of Cows

“Cows are as varied as people. They can be highly intelligent or slow to understand, vain, considerate, proud, shy or inventive.Although much of a cow’s day is spent eating, they always find time for extra-curricular activities such as babysitting, playing hide and seek, blackberry-picking or fighting a tree.This is an affectionate record of a hitherto secret world.”

Rosamund will be joining us in the shop to talk about her work, as well as her book, The Secret Life of Cows. The time is still to be determined, so keep an eye of the website, or ask in store for more information closer to the time.

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Jaffe & Neale Summer Reads

However you plan on spending the summer, whether you’re holidaying in the Himalayas, cruising in the Caribbean, or just basking in the back garden, there’s one thing you can’t do without: a good book.

That’s why we here at Jaffé & Neale have put together a collection of our favourite summer reads for you to enjoy, and until the 31st of August if you buy any three of the titles, we can give you one free swim at the Chipping Norton Lido. The current list of books can be found below, but we are constantly updating it. 

For more information, you can contact us by phone on 01608 641033 or email us at

Let Me Tell You About a Man I knew, Susan Fletcher

Nobody’s Fool, Richard Russo

Seveneves, Neal Stevenson

The Lonely City, Olivia Laing

New and Selected Poems, Mary Oliver

Rail Head, Philip Reeve

Mend the Living, Maylis de Kerangal

The Girls, Emma Cline

The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry

Pages For You, Sylvia Brownrigg

Watermarks, various

Norwegian By Night, Derek B. Miller

Aurora, Kim Stanley Robinson

The Disaster Artist, Greg Sestero

A Little History of the World, E.  H. Gombrich

Letters From the Lighthouse, Emma Carroll

Matilda, Roald Dahl

Claude On Holiday, Alex T. Smith

Claude All on Holiday, Alex T. Smith

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

Leap In, Alexandra Heminsly

A Home for Gully, Joan Clegg

Maisy Goes Swimming, Lucy Cousins

The Art of Losing Control, Jules Evans

A Book of American Martyrs, Joyce Carol Oates

I Found My Tribe, Ruth Fitzmaurice

The Power, Naomi Alderman

Heartless, Marissa Meyer

The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini




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Oxford Book Crawl 2017

As part of the Independent Bookshop Week celebrations, Jaffe & Neale is taking part in the inaugural Oxford Book Crawl on Saturday the 24th June.

The Book Crawl is a great way to experience the Cotswolds, while discovering some fantastic indie bookshops. All participating bookshops are offering an incentive to visit; we here at Jaffe & Neale will be offering free coffee to the first 30 people who can prove that they’ve visited at least 2 of the other shops on the trail. For more information, you can visit the Book Crawl website at

We hope to see you on the 24th!

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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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Books to look out for this August

H“H is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald  £16.99   (9780224097000)

Published 31/07/14

As an act of homage to her father Helen Macdonald decided to train a Goshawk. She became entranced by this beautiful creature. “H is for Hawk” is her record of this task and a beautiful description of these raptors. This book is crammed with wonderful nature writing and even has a biography of the amazing T H White, author of “The Goshawk” and “The Once and Future King”.


“Paying Guests” Sarah Waters Little Brown £20.00   (9780349004365)

Published 28/08/2014

A mother and daughter have to take in lodgers after the death of their husband/father a tragic tale follows. Sarah Waters writes a truly captivating story of class, family, love and murder.



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What kind of reader are you?


Readers might share a passion for the wonderful world of books, but everyone has their own reading habit. Here are just a few of our favourites:



The Plodder

Takes a year or more to read a book, getting through a couple of pages at each sitting. Only ever reads in bed.

The Speed Reader

Easily reads a book a day. Skims the boring bits and turns pages so fast, fingers are a blur. Frequently loses track of what’s going on.

The Addict

Reads everything from the Booker prize winner to the back of a cereal packet. Reads whilst walking. Goes to the loo purely for an opportunity to get through another few pages.

The Fickle Reader

Gives up on more books than are finished. Often has three or more books on the go. Reads all genres.

The Loyalist

Finds a favourite author and doggedly works through their entire backlist.

What kind of reader are you?