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  • Published: 5 July 2022
  • ISBN: 9781761045837
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $35.00

The Night Ship




The Night Ship is an enthralling tale of human brutality, fate and friendship – and of two children, hundreds of years apart, whose destinies are inextricably bound together.

ONE SHIPWRECK.
TWO MISFITS.
THREE CENTURIES APART.

1629. Embarking on a journey in search of her father, a young girl called Mayken boards the Batavia, the most impressive sea vessel of the age. During the long voyage, this curious and resourceful child must find her place in the ship’s stratified world. She soon uncovers shadowy secrets above and below deck and as tensions spiral, the fate of the ship and all on board becomes increasingly uncertain.

1989. Gil, a boy mourning the death of his mother, is placed in the care of his cranky grandfather. Their home is a shack on a tiny fishing island off the West Australian coast, notable only for its reefs and wrecked boats. This is no place for a boy struggling with a dark past, and Gil’s actions soon get him noticed by the wrong people.

The Night Ship is an enthralling tale of human brutality, fate and friendship – and of two children, hundreds of years apart, whose destinies are inextricably bound together.

‘Kidd’s imagination is a thing of wonder.’ New York Times

‘Kidd’s writing is never less than surprising and original.’ Irish Independent
‘Kidd has imagination to die for.’ Guardian

  • Published: 5 July 2022
  • ISBN: 9781761045837
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $35.00

About the author

Jess Kidd

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, The Hoarder, also titled Mr. Flood's Last Resort (U.S.), was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2019 and longlisted for the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award. Her third book, the Victorian detective tale Things in Jars, has been released to critical acclaim. Jess’s work has been described as ‘Gabriel García Márquez meets The Pogues.’ Jess's first book for children, Everyday Magic, was published in April 2021. Jess's fourth novel for adults, The Night Ship, will be released in July 2022. Jess is currently developing her own original TV projects with leading UK and international TV producers.

Praise for The Night Ship

[A] true work of magic, and one that will haunt me for years.

V.E. Schwab

The Night Ship is breathtaking! Sweet and grim, epic and domestic ? I loved it!

@GRAHNORT (Graham Norton)

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