What's the spookiest thing that’s happened in your library?

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We’ve teamed up with independent publisher, Canongate, to bring you an exciting competition to celebrate the paperback release of the mesmerizing novel from Jess Kidd, The Hoarder.

Picked for the BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo Book Club, The Hoarder will appeal to fans of Andrew Michael Hurley’s The Loney, Emma Healey’s Elizabeth is Missing and Kate Atkinson’s Behind the Scenes at the Museum.

The story

Unintentional psychic Maud Drennan arrives to look after Cathal Flood, a belligerent man hiding in his filthy, cat-filled home.

Her job is simple: clear the rubbish, take care of the patient. But the once-grand house has more to reveal than simply its rooms. There is a secret here, and whether she likes it or not, Maud may be the one to finally uncover what has previously been kept hidden . . .

You can read an extract and download a reading guide.

The competition

To enter the competition, all you have to do is tell us the spookiest thing that’s happened in your library. Did you see a shadowy figure behind the bookshelves? Or perhaps the books were being moved around at night? Share your answer by email or on Twitter using #TheHoarder and tagging @ReadingAgency and @Canongate books.

The prize

The prize is a fabulous Halloween hamper and five signed copies of The Hoarder.

Open to UK residents only. The deadline for entries is Monday 22 October.


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