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BNJC Book Club: Ridley Road by Jo Bloom
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Tuesday 23 November
This event will happen on Zoom

BNJC Book Club: Ridley Road by Jo Bloom

Join us virtually to discuss books!
This month we have chosen to read Jo Bloom's novel, Ridley Road. Now a major BBC One drama series (watch it here) this political thriller shines a light on the darker side of the Swinging Sixties and tells the tale of a young Jewish hairdresser who becomes an unlikely hero in the post-war fight against fascism. We look forward to an interesting discussion on the history and themes of the novel.

About Ridley Road

Based in the Summer of 1962, twenty-year-old Vivien Epstein, a Jewish hairdresser from Manchester, arrives in London following the death of her father. She has travelled to the city to make a new start, and quickly finds herself swept up in a city buzzing with life. Landing a job at Oscar's salon, she thrives amid the vibrant café culture of Soho and the warm camaraderie of the other hairdressers.

But beneath the surface, Vivien is desperate to find Jack Fox, a man she had a brief but intense romance with some months before. Her search leads to confront the dark resurgence of fascism, countered by the Jewish community in street battles around Ridley Road in the East End of London. Amid the growing tensions, can her love survive?
About our book club

Our book club is a chance to get together to discuss books with some connection to Jewish culture. Our books will include both fiction and non-fiction, contemporary and classic books by British and international authors and established and aspiring authors. Books will sometimes be chosen by a vote and we encourage everyone to make suggestions.

Please register to let us know you'll be coming, and we'll send out a meeting link prior to the event. All welcome.

Support local! We encourage our book club to support Independent bookstores when they can in Brighton & Hove, such as City Books (Hove) and Kemptown Bookshop (Brighton).
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Ridley Road is now a major BBC One drama series