by Ridgway, Keith | London, Greater London
Paperback | 288 pages
Winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction 2022’Remarkable’ – Colm Toibin, author of Brooklyn’Like Finnegans Wake, only readable’ – The Times
In A Shock, a clutch of more or less loosely connected characters appear, disappear and reappear. They are all of them on the fringes of London life, often clinging on – to sanity, solvency or a story – by their fingertips. With this deftly conjured high-wire act, Ridgway achieves a fine balance between drama and fidelity to his characters. The result is pin-sharp and breathtaking.
Book of the Year Selection in the Guardian, New York Times, Spectator, Hot Press and The White Review
Shortlisted for The Goldsmiths Prize