Hawthorn and Child

Keith Ridgway

Published: 5 July 2012
Trade Paperback, Demy PB
135x216mm, 288 pages
ISBN: 9781847087416

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Published: 4 April 2013
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 288 pages
ISBN: 9781847085276

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Hawthorn and Child are mid-ranking detectives tasked with finding significance in the scattered facts. They appear and disappear in the fragments of this book along with a ghost car, a crime boss, a pick-pocket, a dead racing driver and a pack of wolves. The mysteries are everywhere, but the biggest of all is our mysterious compulsion to solve them. In Hawthorn & Child, the only certainty is that we've all misunderstood everything.

About the author

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Keith Ridgway is a Dubliner and the author of the novels The Long Falling, The Parts and Animals, as well as the collection of stories Standard Time and the novella Horses. His books have won awards and acclaim in Ireland and internationally and are translated widely. He lived in North London for eleven years. He now lives somewhere else. More about the author


‘Ridgway doesn't so much as redraw the map as show us what was there in the first place.He writes as though he has uncovered something, not invented it; as though these tales, so completely new, have been around for a long time.’ Anne Enright



‘He turns people inside out, detailing their quirks and vulnerabilities with engaging perceptiveness...’

‘Keith Ridgway is writing fiction as radically new and provocative as any of the current generation of writers around the world, literary darlings with such exotic names as Eugenides, Hemon, Houellebecq, Kunzru, Murakami, Eggers.’

‘New novel from the always inventive author of The Long Falling, The Parts and AnimalsAlice O’Keeffe

‘Like Nicholson Baker, Ridgway has the descriptive power to locate the sublime hidden inside mundane minutiae. And like Paul Auster, he knows how the accretion of ordinariness can be made to seem overwhelming and sinister to a bewildered narrator.’

‘Vibrant, wonderfully written, funny and deeply troubled...The writing is effortlessly lyrical, [venturing] into extraordinary, at times beautiful interludes of philosophical observation... Read Hawthorn & Child. Better still read it twice: it's that real, that good, that true’ Eileen Battersby

‘Cool and brisk and oblique, pulsing with intrinsic energy, fresh and vital... Really, what more can you ask of a novel?’ Darragh McManus

‘You might not have heard of Ridgway; he's a bit of a well-kept secret... He deserves to be better known. He writes odd, modernist stories about urban madness: lives shaped by uncertainty, random sex and, occasionally, staggering brutality’

‘Breathtakingly unpredictable... the writing is perfectly assured and elegant... At his best, Ridgway is unapologetically strange'’ Scarlett Thomas

‘Surprising, dazzling, affecting and upsetting’ John Self

‘A brilliant stylist’

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