Jess Kidd

Jess Kidd

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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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26 Apr 2019

Town Hall, Chipping Norton

30 Apr 2019

Blackwell's Bookshop, Oxford

06 May 2019

Music Hall, Aberdeen

06 May 2019

The Edinburgh Bookshop, 219 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh

07 May 2019

Langside Library, Sinclair Drive, Glasgow

08 May 2019

Linlithgow Canal Tearooms, Linlithgow

09 May 2019

The Mainstreet Trading Company, Melrose

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.

For Mulderrig is a place like no other. Here the colours are a little bit brighter and the sky is a little bit wider. Here the trees are as old as the mountains and a clear river runs into the sea


Jess Kidd

He has a curious way of moving through his rubbish.

The Hoarder

Jess Kidd

There are a thousand places to hide a child in London, even a remarkable child. And if she is remarkable there are a thousand buyers waiting . . .

Things in Jars

Jess Kidd