Friday September 18, 2020

The outsider

Novelist Jess Kidd grew up in London, but made frequent family trips to Mayo - and her childhood experience of Irish storytelling deeply informs her writing, not least in her new book Things In Jars, writes Sara Keating

24th March, 2019
Jess Kidd: Ireland has provided the material for each of her novels to date PIc: Getty

It is barely three years since Jess Kidd published her debut novel, Himself, a magic-realist mystery set in rural Mayo with a wild cast of weird and warped Irish characters, including several ghosts. That novel was shortlisted for ‘debut of the year’ at the Irish Book Awards in 2016, a happy feat for the London-Irish writer, who had only begun writing in earnest two years before.

Kidd’s advancement through the ranks of the literary...

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