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Things In Jars

Jess Kidd
Publisher: Canongate
4th April 2019

London, 1863. Bridie Devine, the finest female detective of her age, is taking on her toughest case yet. Reeling from her last job and with her reputation in tatters, a remarkable puzzle has come her way. Christabel Berwick has been kidnapped. But Christabel is no ordinary child. She is not supposed to exist.
As Bridie fights to recover the stolen child she enters a world of fanatical anatomists, crooked surgeons and mercenary showmen. Anomalies are in fashion, curiosities are the thing, and fortunes are won and lost in the name of entertainment. The public love a spectacle and Christabel may well prove the most remarkable spectacle London has ever seen.

About the Author 

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 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, a tale of a lonely care worker and her cranky client set in West London, is currently being adapted for a 3-part series by the BBC and Scott Free. Both books were BBC Radio 2 Book Club picks.

Praise for Jess Kidd 

“An arresting talent”- Daily Mail

“Wonderfully entertaining” - The Times

“Kidd’s writing is gorgeous” - Sunday Express

“Otherworldly and wonderfully original”Stylist

“Kidd has imagination to spare”Observer

“A very talented writer”- Sunday Times