“A vivid, cinematic and exciting debut”
Viv Groskop, RED MAGAZINE (Book of the Month, January edition)
 
“Bloom has uncovered an episode in London’s history that deserves to be better known, and her research has thrown up some appalling events…the subject matter alone makes for a thought-provoking read”
Shirley Whiteside THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
 
“A stirring story of the darker side of the 60s”
Deidre O’Brien SUNDAY MIRROR
 
“The tumultuous 1960s is the setting for Jo Bloom’s insightful novel Ridley Road – an exploration into an important, interesting and crucial narrative in British history, the Jewish community and fascism that hasn’t yet received due attention in fiction… Readers too are likely to have their eyes opened by this fascinating novel, which although fictitious, obviously takes inspiration from real contexts and situations. While the love story draws readers into the novel, it is the growing tension and drama of the political and social contexts that make this a really gripping read”
WE LOVE THIS BOOK
 
“The 62 Group were a real organisation, as were the two fascist groups mentioned in the novel. It’s a little-known aspect of Britain’s history and it brings a great deal of drama to Bloom’s story, as well as social interest. These are unpleasant and shocking politics to explore, but they are handled well. At the lighter end of the social history scale, Ridley Road also conjures a great picture of Soho’s early-Sixties jazz-and-caffeine buzz”
EMERALD STREET
Ridley Road by Jo Bloom book cover