The Night Ship | Paperback | By Jess Kidd

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  • The Night Ship
  • Pages: 384 
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Jess Kidd
  • Publisher: Canongate
  • Publication date: 04 August 2022
  • Category: Historical Fiction
  • Size: 214 x 135 x 27
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The Night Ship by Jess Kidd 



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 busy world, and she soon uncovers shadowy secrets above and below deck. As tensions spiral, the fate of the ship and all on board becomes increasingly uncertain.


Gil, a boy mourning the death of his mother, is placed in the care of his irritable and reclusive grandfather. Their home is a shack on a tiny fishing island off the Australian coast, notable only for its reefs and wrecked boats. This is no place for a child 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, providence and friendship, and of two children, hundreds of years apart, whose fates are inextricably bound together. 


'Kidd's latest weaves a spell around the reader, transporting them across centuries, between a doomed ship and a dying island. The result is a true work of magic, and one that will haunt me for years.' V.E. Schwab, international bestselling author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

'Jess Kidd is so good it isn't fair.' Erika Swyler, bestselling author of The Book of Speculation and Light from Other Stars

'A few pages in and I was determined to read every word Jess Kidd has ever written.' Diane Setterfield, for Things in Jars

'Jess Kidd is an author who shows a poet's way with words and rhythm.' Electric Literature

About the Author

Jess was brought up in London as part of a large family from County Mayo. After returning to college as a mature learner on a bursary Jess lectured and taught creative writing to all age groups. Her debut novel, Himself, was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards 2016, Authors' Club Best First Novel Award 2017 and longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Her second novel, The Hoarder, was shortlisted for Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2019. Both books were selected for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club. Jess's third novel, Things in Jars, was published to critical acclaim. Her fourth book, an epic shipwreck saga called The Night Ship, is out this year. Jess won the Costa Short Story Award in 2016 with 'Dirty Little Fishes' and has recently contributed short fiction to The Haunting Season, a collection of ghostly winter tales. Jess's first book for children Everyday Magic is a teacher's pick.


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