The Hoarder

Jess Kidd

The Hoarder by Jess Kidd (Hardback ISBN 9781782118497) book cover

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1 February 2018

The mesmerising new novel from the winner of the Costa Short Story Award, following her debut novel Himself, a BBC Radio 2 Book Club Choice

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?

“Kidd has imagination to die for”

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“Otherworldly and wonderfully original”

“Wonderfully entertaining”
the Times

“Mixes up murder and mayhem with the eerily supernatural … Utterly unputdownable”
sunday Express

“A rollicking tale … breaking down the barriers between mystery story and comedy of manners, mixing magical realism and crime fiction”

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.



31 Jan 2018

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09 Feb 2018

Blackwells Holborn, London

13 Mar 2018

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