The Hoarder

Jess Kidd

The Hoarder by Jess Kidd (Hardback ISBN 9781782118497) 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

AS HEARD ON SIMON MAYO’S BBC RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB

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?


“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
guardian

“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.

@JessKiddHerself | jesskidd.com


Events

13 Jul 2018

Linghams Booksellers, Wirral

14 Jul 2018

Locations around Caernarfon, Caernarfon

15 Aug 2018

The Spiegeltent, Edinburgh


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.