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Jess Kidd

Jess Kidd is the author of Himself and The Hoarder, also titled Mr. Flood’s Last Resort (U.S.), winner of the 2016 Costa Short Story Award. Jess’ debut novel, Himself, was published by Canongate in October 2016. The Hoarder, her second novel, will hit the shelves in February 2018. Jess is also currently developing her own original TV projects with leading UK and international TV producers.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Children's Fiction, Historical Mystery

Jess Kidd recommends
Sal (2018)
Mick Kitson
"Sal is a triumph. It's a modern adventure story of siblings on the run in 'the Last Great Wilderness' of Scotland. But it's much, much, more than this. Sal, and her sister Peppa, are vivid and compelling - their relationship and their voices ring utterly true. Shot through with deft humour and a humane, sometimes harrowing, honesty, Kitson's characters will stay with me for a very long time."
Too Close to Breathe (2018)
(Frankie Sheehan, book 1)
Olivia Kiernan
"A writer you will read with your breath held."
Milkman (2018)
Anna Burns
"Milkman is remarkable. A tale told by a voice that's utterly compelling and which you read with the feeling that you're being led down the darkest of rabbit holes. Irresistible and disturbing."
He Is Mine and I Have No Other (2018)
Rebecca O'Connor
"God, this book is brilliant. It sends you, helter-skelter, back to life as a fifteen-year-old and all the intensity of that age. A love story set against an undercurrent of untold tragedy. Vivid and utterly compelling, this book had me torn between racing on and stopping to marvel at beautifully crafted lines."
Muscle (2019)
Alan Trotter
"Alan Trotter's Muscle bowls me over. The language of it - the complete boldness and control. Trotter plays with genre with a deft dark humour, the result is a one of the best books I've read in ages. A striking debut from a fierce talent."
The Other Half of Augusta Hope (2019)
Joanna Glen
"Joanna Glen weaves a uniquely heartening and hopeful story. A story about pain, the solace of words and our search to belong, to a place, to a person. Welcome to the world of the wonderful Augusta Hope."
The Butchers (2020)
Ruth Gilligan
"Immersive... Gilligan is a writer I admire."
The Island Child (2020)
Molly Aitken
"A magical, elemental tale. Exploring loss and love, motherhood and freedom and the transformative power of stories, The Island Child is a wonderful debut."
Mr Cadmus (2020)
Peter Ackroyd
"Mr Cadmus is a treat of a tale. To a 'polite' English village add a sprinkling of sinister. The result? Cosy and twisted, comic and gothic, with a show-stealing parrot."
The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot (2021)
Marianne Cronin
"Sharp and funny, warm and wise, a remarkable friendship sparks two lifetimes of shared stories in one unforgettable book. I loved it."
Girl in the Walls (2021)
A J Gnuse
"Bold and compelling, subtle and sublime, with writing so good that you're torn between racing ahead and lingering. I found myself holding my breath and never wanting to leave, despite the darkness. A uniquely gothic tale about grief, belonging and hiding in plain sight."
The Drowning Kind (2021)
Jennifer McMahon
"To read The Drowning Kind is a haunting experience. This novel strikes a perfect balance between past and present, concealing and revealing, language to linger over and a compulsive tale unfolding. At the core, vividly rendered relationships and a central question: can the past ever really stay buried?"
The Hiding Place (2021)
Amanda Mason
"The Hiding Place has everything; chills that build, an immersive setting and a wonderful clash between the present and the past, the living and the dead. At the heart of this haunting novel are characters so real and compelling their stories continue to resonate long after reading."

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