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Things in Jars

Jess Kidd

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Canongate
04 February 2020
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Bridie Devine is a woman detective in Victorian England. She prides herself on being practical, quick and unflappable, with a scientific mind, so when the ghost of a recently deceased boxer, Ruby Doyle, attaches himself to her, she refuses to be swayed from her rational principles. Ruby insists she knows who he was, but she doesn't recognise him at all. He does become somewhat invaluable though, as she is called to work upon a mysterious case, the stealing of a child no-one except her father and his servants knows about. Christabel has strange talents and decided needs, and as Bridie works with the local constabulary to locate the girl, she finds herself moving in even stranger circles than her unconventional life has already woven round her…. A wonderfully gothic sort of novel, full of colour and vitality. Kidd is a very interesting writer - each of her books is different from the others, but all are marvellously entertaining with quirky characters and enthralling settings - and this one is a delight from start to finish! Lindy Jones

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London, 1863. A strange puzzle has reached Bridie Devine, the finest female detective of her age. To recover a stolen child, Bridie must enter the dark world of medical curiosities. The public love a spectacle, and this child may well prove the most remarkable spectacle London has ever seen.

Things in Jars is a Victorian novel unlike any other, one that explores what it is to be human in inhumane times.
By:   Jess Kidd
Imprint:   Canongate
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   277g
ISBN:   9781786893772
ISBN 10:   1786893770
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   04 February 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jess Kidd was brought up in London as part of a large family from County Mayo. 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, was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award in association with Listowel Writers' Week'. Both books were BBC Radio 2 Book Club picks. @JessKiddHerself | jesskidd.com

Reviews for Things in Jars

I loved Himself and The Hoarder but this book takes things to another level - thrilling, mysterious, twisted but more than anything, beautifully written and filled to bursting point with heart -- GRAHAM NORTON This unusual Victorian detective tale is hugely satisfying and beautifully written . . . Kidd gives the world what is instantly one of fiction's great spectral double acts * * The Times * * Jess Kidd's stories are so magical, she should be a genre all to herself . . . Things in Jars is exquisite. Perfect storytelling -- JOANNA CANNON, author of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP This pacy piece of Victorian crime fiction delivers chills galore . . . done with panache . . . Her imagination runs wild, in tightly controlled prose. Her concision makes the book feel like a high-pressure jar * * Guardian * * A twisting, precis-defying plot . . . Arresting, funny and well-written * * Sunday Times * * An extraordinary tale full of dark magic, wicked humour and hugely entertaining characters. An absolute treat! -- RUTH HOGAN, author of THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS Kidd writes prose that is full to the brim with life, and overflowing. Victorian London is rendered lavishly in all its stench and glory . . . Features the most endearing of heroines . . . Kidd excels at atmospheric description . . . Kidd's sentences contain so much delight in the language, whether conveying brutality or rescue and repair, that there are frequent jolts of pleasure for the reader . . . Revel in the rich, wild text * * Financial Times * * A masterclass in storytelling. One of those books that truly does make you laugh out loud, that shakes and remakes what you think a story can be. It's rare to find a book so satisfying -- KIRAN MILLWOOD HARGRAVE Jess Kidd writes gorgeously Gothic novels in the kind of prose that makes you sigh with its loveliness, as a cast of charismatic characters venture into extraordinary situations . . . A terrifically imaginative writer . . . There's danger aplenty, wistful love and longing, unstinting friendship and the kind of writing that offers something to cherish on every page. Utterly unique, entirely beguiling * * Sunday Express * * Bridie is a marvellous creation, imbued with a deeply romantic spirit, and the words used to describe her are often beautiful and inspired. This book has a rare attraction . . . Kidd has a brilliant imagination and she's fearless in her use of it: her no. 1 job as writer seems to be to astonish the reader, and she certainly does that * * Spectator * *


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