Horses, Ridgway's first published work of fiction, appeared in Faber First Fictions Volume 13 in 1997. In 1998 The Long Falling was published by Faber & Faber, London. It was adapted into a film by French director Martin Provost in 2011. A collection of short fiction, Standard Time, appeared in 2000, followed by Ridgway's third novel, The Parts, in 2003. Both were published by Faber & Faber. In 2006 Animals was published by 4th Estate, London. A short story, "Goo Book," was published in the April 11, 2011, issue of The New Yorker magazine. The author's most recent work, Hawthorn & Child, was published by New Directions on September 27, 2013. Ridgway's novels have been translated into several languages and have been published in France,Italy, and Germany.