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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 : Où va la nuit. 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.
Keith Ridgway was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 2001. That same year The Long Falling received the Prix Femina Étranger (translated as "Mauvaise Pente"). Ridgway's short story "Rothko Eggs" won the O. Henry Award in 2012 and was anthologized in the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories that year.
- O'Toole, Fintan (29 December 2012). "Ten things that helped make life worth living in 2012". The Irish Times.
- Keith Ridgway, Fiction, “Goo Book,” The New Yorker, April 11, 2011, p. 62