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W&N Fiction HB/ETPB January 2015 £12.99/£13.99 320pp 978 0 297 60828 8/978 0 297 60829 5 eBook: £12.99 / 978 0 297 60830 1

Brimming with nostalgic detail, Ridley Road is perfect for fans of Maggie O’Farrell and Call the Midwife.

JO BLOOM Ridley Road

Discover a forgotten chapter in London’s history in this beautiful love story, set against the anti-fascist unrest in 1960s Soho and Hackney. When her beloved father dies, Vivien Epstein, a 22-year-old hairdresser from Manchester, leaves her hometown for London in the hope of finding Jack Fox, a man she had a brief, but intense, love affair with some months previously. All Vivien has to go on is one letter Jack sent to her father, the address of a boarding house scribbled hastily on the back. Very soon her hopes of finding him are dashed. Resigned, she settles into London life, working in Oscar’s – a salon in Soho – and spending her nights at home with her motherly landlady. When Vivien becomes involved in the resurgence of anti-fascism, she finds herself at a rally in Trafalgar Square. There, she spots Jack amidst the crowds. At long last they lock eyes. And here their story begins again. Jo Bloom was a book reviewer for Time Out for several years, and has worked in the media in both Prague and New York. She currently works as a freelancer in arts marketing and press roles. Ridley Road is her first novel.

W&N Fiction • January 2015

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