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Things in Jars - Jess Kidd

Paperback Published: 6th May 2019
ISBN: 9781786893758
Number Of Pages: 416

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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.

Things in Jars is an enchanting Victorian detective novel that explores what it is to be human in inhumane times.

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 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, was described as 'a lyrical gothic detective saga' ( Guardian ) and 'a brilliantly imaginative tale of secrets and lies, grief and guilt' (Daily Express ).

Both books were BBC Radio 2 Book Club picks.

Industry Reviews

A very talented writer - Sunday Times

An arresting talent - Daily Mail

A writer with a poet's skill of balancing clarity and innovative flair - Guardian

Wonderfully entertaining - The Times

Kidd's writing is gorgeous - Sunday Express

Otherworldly and wonderfully original - Stylist

Kidd has imagination to spare - Observer

ISBN: 9781786893758
ISBN-10: 1786893754
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 6th May 2019
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 13.5  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.44

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