A Shock

Keith Ridgway

2021 Nominee

The Goldsmiths Prize

2022 Nominee

James Tait Black Prize for Fiction

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24 June 2021
288 pages


‘Remarkable' - Colm Tóibín, author of Brooklyn
Shortlisted for The Goldsmiths Prize and the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction
Book of the Year Selection in the Guardian, New York Times, Spectator, Hot Press and The White Review

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.

'Like Finnegans Wake, only readable' - The Times
'Ridgway squeezes into the gaps of realism and makes something beautifully new'- Guardian

Keith Ridgway offers his London a luminous glow, but his competing narratives are also rooted in a real place, with a remarkable sense of character and the shifting systems that make up his contemporary urban space

Like Finnegans Wake, only readable.

The Times

Ingeniously slippery . . . an expertly constructed house of mirrors

New York Times Book Review