The Hoarder

Jess Kidd

He has a curious way of moving through his rubbish.
The Hoarder by Jess Kidd (Paperback ISBN 9781782118527) book cover

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The mesmerising new novel from Jess Kidd, featured on Simon Mayo’s BBC Radio 2 Book Club. A ‘dark, comical tale of haunting and hoarding … Brilliant’ The Times


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 …

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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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.

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.