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 unique fictional voice. Her debut, Himself, was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards in 2016. She won the Costa Short Story Award the same year. Her second novel, The Hoarder, published as Mr. Flood's Last Resort in the U.S. and Canada was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2019. Both books were BBC Radio 2 Book Club Picks. Her latest book, the Victorian detective tale Things in Jars, has been released to critical acclaim. Jess’s work has been described as ‘Gabriel García Márquez meets The Pogues.’

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I was brought up in a Catholic family and as a small child I had a strong faith. I think people should find their own path in terms of religion so I wouldn't be great at convincing people to have the same beliefs as me.

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Himself

3.92 avg rating — 7,785 ratings — published 2017 — 24 editions
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3.79 avg rating — 7,069 ratings — published 2019 — 24 editions
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The Hoarder

3.77 avg rating — 4,754 ratings — published 2018 — 25 editions
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Everyday Magic

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Dublin Literary Award 2020, long list.

Oh nice surprise to see The Hoarder on the long list for for the Dublin Literary Award 2020, in some great company there with some recent favourites including Tim Winton’s The Shepherd’s Hut and David Park’s Travelling in a Strange Land

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“Memory is like a wayward dog. Sometimes it drops the ball and sometimes it brings it, and sometimes it doesn’t bring a ball at all; it brings a shoe.”
Jess Kidd, The Hoarder
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“Words are capable of flying. They dart through windows, over fences, between bar stools and across courtyards. They travel rapidly from mouth to ear, from ear to mouth. And as they go, they pick up speed and weight and substance and gravity. Until they land with a scud, take seed and grow as fast as the unruliest of beanstalks.”
Jess Kidd, Himself

“An interview with Quinn is like fighting a yellow snake in a sandpit.’ Desmond”
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