“He has a curious way of moving through his rubbish.”
The mesmerising second novel from Jess Kidd, featured on BBC Radio 2 Book Club. A ‘dark, comical tale of haunting and hoarding … Brilliant’ The Times
A BBC RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB CHOICE
SHORTLISTED FOR THE KERRY GROUP IRISH NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD
LONGLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD
Unintentional psychic Maud Drennan arrives to look after Cathal Flood, a belligerent man hiding in his filthy, cat-filled home.
Her job is simple: clear the rubbish, take care of the patient. But the once-grand house has more to reveal than simply its rooms. There is a secret here, and whether she likes it or not, Maud may be the one to finally uncover what has previously been kept hidden …
* 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”
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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”
“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”
Jess Kidd was brought up in London as part of a large family from County Mayo. Her first novel, Himself, was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards in 2016 and she was the winner of the Costa Short Story Award in the same year. In 2017, Himself was shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger. Her second novel, The Hoarder, was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award in association with Listowel Writers’ Week’. Both books were BBC Radio 2 Book Club picks.
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Jess Kidd, author of The Hoarder, goes through the shelves of Waterstones to talk about some of the authors that inspired her – from Charles Dickens to Angela Carter and David Almond.