The Hoarder by Jess Kidd“As a reader, I love that feeling that I don’t quite know what’s coming next.”

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The eponymous anti-hero of Jess Kidd’s latest novel is an old, cantankerous man, living in a filthy, crowded house that was once a family home. The author told Seán Rocks that her intention when she created Cathal Flood was to start at the bottom: “I kind of set out to write someone intensely unlikeable that we could kind of warm …