Keith Ridgway wins James Tait Black Prize 2022
Keith Ridgway has won the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction 2022. Ridgway won the fiction prize for A Shock (Picador), his first novel in nine years. It follows several different characters living in south London. Over nine overlapping chapters the novel shines a spotlight on their lives and relationships. Irish Times reviewer Sarah Gilmartin called it "intricate, clever and compassionate – a novel-in-stories to be read in the shade."
The awards – presented by the University since 1919 – are the only major British book prizes judged by literature scholars and students. Presented by the University of Edinburgh since 1919, they are the only major British book prizes judged by literature scholars and students.
Keith Ridgway won the Prix Femina Étranger in 2001 for the French translation of his novel, The Long Falling. He won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature the same year and the O Henry Award in 2012 for his short story, Rothko Eggs. A Shock was shortlisted last year for the Goldsmiths Prize and the Irish Novel of the Year Award.
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