Present-day London is the setting for Keith Ridgway’s lyrical and insightful new novel tracking two policemen on patrol, writes EILEEN BATTERSBY...HAWTHORN & CHILD/Keith Ridgway Granta 288pp £15.99: HAWTHORN AND CHILD is a working partnership of two very different policemen. Together they patrol a seething present-day, utterly tangible London by car.
Child quickly establishes his happyish personality by intoning: “Someone needs to do bad before we can do good.”
He cackles at the footpaths “leering at the kerbs”.
Hawthorn is a study of unease, prone to nightmares and a range of physical tics.