Jess Kidd

Jess Kidd

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Jess Kidd was brought up in London as part of a large family from County Mayo and has been praised for her original fictional voice. Her first novel, Himself, was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards in 2016 and she was 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, a tale of a lonely care worker and her cranky client set in West London, was described as ‘a lyrical gothic detective saga’ (Guardian) and ‘a brilliantly imaginative tale of secrets and lies, grief and guilt’ (Daily Express). Both books were BBC Radio 2 Book Club picks.

Jess returns to London for her third novel – her first novel-length foray into Victorian times. A magic realist detective story prompted by the grave-defying romance that haunted her until she wrote it down.

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06 May 2019

Music Hall, Aberdeen

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

She looks above her, for the first time, she can see the stars! She smiles up at them and the stars look back at her and shiver. Then they begin to burn brighter, with renewed fever, in the deep dark ocean of the sky.

Things in Jars

Jess Kidd