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, hit the shelves in February 2018. Jess’s third book Things in Jars came out 4 April 2019 and the reviews are in. She is also currently developing her own original TV projects with leading UK and international TV producers. Her first children’s book Everyday Magic will be published by Canongate in February 2020.


My third novel Things in Jars came out in the UK in April 2019 and is being published in the US in February 2020. The story features my favourite character to date, Bridie Devine, Victorian detective extraordinaire. My second novel, The Hoarder (Mr Flood’s Last Resort in the US), came out on 1 February 2018, click on the images for further details and information about my other writing.

  • <em>Things in Jars</em>, US edition
  • <em>Things in Jars</em>
  • <em>Himself</em>
  • <em>The Hoarder</em>
  • U.S. edition of <em>Mr Flood's Last Resort</em>

International Editions

It has been a thrill to see how international publishers have designed covers for Himself and the design interpretations of The Hoarder coming through now are looking as various and wonderful, here below are just a few. You could support your local bookshop by ordering from them or order online via links at my Writing page:

  • Dutch edition of <em>Himself</em>
  • German edition of <em>Himself</em>
  • Dutch edition of <em>The Hoarder</em>

Jess reading from Himself

Following the success of Himself Jess’s alma mater St Mary’s University invited her back to discuss her work and read from Himself. There is a longer version of the discussion available to view on You Tube. Here Jess is reading the prologue to Himself which contains the fuse which lights the whole story: