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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (1 Jun. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782118489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782118480
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 138 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Kidd's brilliantly bold debut mixes up murder and mayhem with the eerily supernatural. It's a tender, violent and funny story told in prose that is lyrical, lush and hugely imaginative. Utterly unputdownable" (Sunday Express)

"Diabolical deeds, ferociously kept secrets, black humour and magical realism abound in Jess Kidd's richly textured, thronging debut . . . Kidd has imagination to die for and a real command of plot and character" (Guardian)

"A genuinely intriguing mystery, with moments of real tenderness . . . otherworldly and wonderfully original" (Stylist)

"Very funny, very profound, very moving . . . One of the finest books of the year" (SIMON MAYO BBC Radio 2 Book Club)

"[Kidd] has imagination to spare. The forest feels alive at times. There is magic in the air . . . As a noirish thriller with a supernatural edge, Himself is atmospheric and intriguing. As a portrait of village hypocrisy and the dark things that lurk beneath the surface, it's also compelling" (Observer)

"An intriguing story of family secrets and haunting" (ANDREW MICHAEL HURLEY, author of The Loney)

"Wonderfully entertaining . . . the ghosts are not the main attraction in this delightful first novel; it is also a detective story, in which Mahony and Mrs C make an unlikely Holmes and Watson" (The Times)

"This striking literary debut is a darkly comic tale of murder, intrigue, haunting and illegitimacy . . . wickedly funny" (Daily Express)

"I love this book. It's a magic realist murder mystery set in rural Ireland, in which the dead play as important a part as the living. It's one of those books that has you smiling as you read, and that you plan to read again very soon." (LOUIS DE BERNIÈRES, author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin)

"In lyrical prose that is by turns touchingly tender and violent, Kidd's brilliantly bold debut mixes murder and mayhem with the eerily supernatural, and throws in a dash of laugh-out-loud humour for good measure" (Psychologies)

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Blending strange kindnesses, casual violence and buried secrets: an unforgettable debut from a dark new voice in Irish fiction

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