Jess Kidd was brought up in London as part of a large family from county Mayo and has been praised for her unique fictional voice. Her debut, Himself, was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards in 2016, the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2017 and longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Jess won the 2016 Costa Short Story Award. Her second novel, Mr. Flood's Last Resort (also titled The Hoarder, U.K.), was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2019 and longlisted for the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award. Both books were BBC Radio 2 Book Club Picks. Her latest book, the Victorian detective tale Things in Jars, has met with critical acclaim. Jess’s work has been described as ‘Gabriel García Márquez meets The Pogues.’ Jess's first book for children, Everyday Magic, will hit the shelves in June 2020. Jess is currently working on her fourth novel and developing her own original TV projects with leading UK and international TV producers.