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A Shock

ISBN: 9781529064803
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An unsparing and slippery, but thrilling and memorable novel from the fringes of urban life by cult writer Keith Ridgway.
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'A Shock inhabits the secret life of a city, its hidden energies. It dramatizes how patterns form and then disperse, how stories are made and relationships created . . . remarkable' - Colm Tóibín
'Political, pertinent, spunky and funny, A Shock is a grand sweep of
modern storytelling' - June Caldwell

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 or solvency or a story – by their fingertips.
Keith Ridgway, author of the acclaimed Hawthorn & Child, writes about people
whose understanding of their own situation is only ever partial and fuzzy, who
are consumed by emotions and anxieties and narratives, or the lack thereof,
that they cannot master. He focuses on peripheral figures who mean well and to
whom things happen, and happen confusingly, and his fictional strategies reflect
this focus. In a deftly conjured high-wire act, Ridgway achieves the fine balance
between the imperatives of drama and fidelity to his characters. The result is
pin-sharp and often breathtaking.
'A Shock is a perfect, living circle of beauty and mystery, clearsighted
and compassionate, and, at times, wonderfully funny’ - David Hayden
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A great and generous book, an incomparable achievement' -
Richard Beard "

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'A Shock inhabits the secret life of a city, its hidden energies. It dramatizes how patterns form and then disperse, how stories are made and relationships created . . . remarkable' - Colm Tóibín
'Political, pertinent, spunky and funny, A Shock is a grand sweep of
modern storytelling' - June Caldwell

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 or solvency or a story – by their fingertips.
Keith Ridgway, author of the acclaimed Hawthorn & Child, writes about people
whose understanding of their own situation is only ever partial and fuzzy, who
are consumed by emotions and anxieties and narratives, or the lack thereof,
that they cannot master. He focuses on peripheral figures who mean well and to
whom things happen, and happen confusingly, and his fictional strategies reflect
this focus. In a deftly conjured high-wire act, Ridgway achieves the fine balance
between the imperatives of drama and fidelity to his characters. The result is
pin-sharp and often breathtaking.
'A Shock is a perfect, living circle of beauty and mystery, clearsighted
and compassionate, and, at times, wonderfully funny’ - David Hayden
Reviews
A great and generous book, an incomparable achievement' -
Richard Beard "

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