Hawthorn and Child | Granta

  • Published: 04/04/2013
  • ISBN: 9781847085276
  • 129x20mm
  • 288 pages

Hawthorn and Child

Keith Ridgway

Hawthorn and his partner, Child, are called to the scene of a mysterious shooting in North London. The only witness is unreliable, the clues are scarce, and the victim, a young man who lives nearby, swears he was shot by a ghost car. While Hawthorn battles with fatigue and strange dreams, the crime and the narrative slip from his grasp and the stories of other Londoners take over: a young pickpocket on the run from his boss; an editor in possession of a disturbing manuscript; a teenage girl who spends her days at the Tate Modern; and a madman who has been infected by former Prime Minister, Tony Blair. Haunting these disparate lives is the shadowy figure of Mishazzo, an elusive crime magnate who may be running the city, or may not exist at all.

An idiosyncratic and fascinating novel... refreshingly contemporary in language and style

Zadie Smith

Breathtakingly unpredictable... the writing is perfectly assured and elegant

Scarlett Thomas, Guardian

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

The Times

The Author

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.

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