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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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The #lovereading project: week four

It’s the final week of our #lovereading project, and we’ve loved hearing everyone’s thoughts on our specially compiled reading list. 28 books in 28 days: you might not read them all, but we’re sure you’ll find something there to tempt you!

To see the full list, click here, but in the meantime, here are the final seven books in the #lovereading project.

22. Down to the Sea in Ships, by Horatio Clare

23. The Encyclopaedia of Early Earth, by Isabel Greenberg

24. Illuminations, by Walter Benjamin

25. The Moustachapillar, by Jonty Lees

26. Rock the Shack, by S Ehmann

27. The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam, by Barbara W Tuchman

28. The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey


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If you’d like your own copy of any of the above titles, pop into the shop, or give us a call on 01608 641033.

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The #lovereading project: week three

Week three of our #lovereading campaign brought seven fabulously different books: there is definitely something in this list for everyone!

To see the rest of our month-long reading list, click here.

15. Vile Bodies, by Evelyn Waugh

16. Swallows and Amazons, by Arthur Ransome

17. European Peasant Cookery, by Elisabeth Luard

18. Patagonia, by Bruce Chatwin

19. Tintin in America, by Herge

20. Canada, by Richard Ford

21. & Sons, by David Gilbert


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The #lovereading project: week two

Week two of our #lovereading project has been huge fun, with a great list of books to push you out of your comfort zone! For our round-up of week one’s titles, check out last week’s blog post, or follow the #lovereading hashtag on Twitter or Facebook.

Here are week two’s titles:

8. The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith

9. My Age of Anxiety, by Scott Stossel

10. On the Trail of Genghis Khan, by Tim Cope

11. Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson

12. The Many Days: Selected Poems of Norman MacCaig

13. Stoner, by John Williams

14. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

To order a copy of any of the above titles, come into the shop or call 01608 646830.

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The #lovereading project: week one

This month we launched our #lovereading project: 28 books in 28 days. You might read one; you might read them all, but we hope you’ll enjoy exploring books outside of your normal genre. Each day we post another book title on Twitter and Facebook, and invite you to tell us what you love reading.

Here’s a round-up of our titles for the first week of February:

1. The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert

2. New and Selected Poems, by Mary Oliver

3. The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion

4. The is the Story of a Happy Marriage, by Ann Patchett

5. A Compendium of Collective Nouns, by Jason Sacher

6. The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

7. Letters of Note, by Shaun Usher

If you’d like your own copy of any of the above titles, pop into the shop, or give us a call on 01608 641033.

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