The Hoarder

Jess Kidd

He has a curious way of moving through his rubbish.
The Hoarder by Jess Kidd (eBook ISBN 9781782118503) book cover

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The mesmerising new novel from Jess Kidd, selected for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club. A ‘dark, comical tale of haunting and hoarding … Brilliant’ The Times


Maud Drennan – underpaid carer and unintentional psychic – is the latest in a long line of dogsbodies for the ancient, belligerent Cathal Flood. Yet despite her best efforts, Maud is drawn into the mysteries concealed in his filthy, once-grand home. She realises that something is changing: Cathal, and the junk-filled rooms, are opening up to her.

With only her agoraphobic landlady and a troop of sarcastic ghostly saints to help, Maud must uncover what lies beneath Cathal’s decades-old hostility, and the strange activities of the house itself. And if someone has hidden a secret there, how far will they go to ensure it remains buried?

Note to readers: In the US, this book is published under the title Mr Flood’s Last Resort

“This dark but comical tale of haunting and hoarding ensnares … [Kidd’s] imagination is vivid … Brilliant”
the Times

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“A lyrical gothic detective saga … Wonderfully enigmatic and complex … [Kidd] is a writer with a poet’s skill of balancing clarity and inventive flair”
Andrew Michael Hurley

“A brilliantly imaginative tale of secrets and lies, grief and guilt … Kidd’s writing is gorgeous, the story is enthralling and emotions are sorrowfully raw and vivid in this funny, dark and original literary mystery”
sunday Express, S Magazine

“Excellent … The observations are sharp and humorous … with pages of inventive and colourful description … The Hoarder is a strong follow-up from a very talented writer who seems to be honing her skills”
sunday Times

“An arresting talent … Executed with irresistible panache, Kidd’s novel is as full to the brim with the fantastic as Cathal’s Gothic lair is with junk … A galloping yarn that entertains even as it disturbs”
daily Mail

Jess Kidd

Jess Kidd completed her first degree in Literature with The Open University, and has since taught creative writing and gained a PhD in Creative Writing Studies. She has also worked as a support worker specialising in acquired brain injury. In 2016, Jess won the Costa Short Story Award for ‘Dirty Little Fishes’ and her debut novel Himself was selected for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club and shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards. In 2017, Himself was shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger. Jess is now developing her own original TV projects with leading UK and International TV producers.

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23 Oct 2018

Golden Hare Books, Edinburgh

24 Oct 2018

Pollokshields Library, Glasgow

24 Oct 2018

Far From the Madding Crowd, Linlithgow

Jess Kidd on the experience and research that informed her new novel, The Hoarder. You can listen to the full interview with Jess on the BBC’s Front Row website.