Author(s): Joanna Cannon
The bestselling author of the "remarkable...masterfully constructed, pitch-perfect" (Booklist, starred review) debut The Trouble with Goats and Sheep delivers a suspenseful and emotionally satisfying novel about a lifelong friendship, a devastating secret, and the small acts of kindness that bring people together.
There are three things you should know about Elsie. The first thing is that she's my best friend. The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better. And the third thing...might take a bit more explaining.
Eighty-four-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, she thinks about her friend Elsie and wonders if a terrible secret from their past is about to come to light. If the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died sixty years ago?
From the acclaimed, bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, Three Things About Elsie is a story about forever friends on the twisting path of life. As we uncover their buried secrets, we learn how the fine threads of humanity connect us all.
Longlisted for the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction
Praise for The Trouble with Goats and Sheep: `A splendid debut ...Forensic period detail and pithy exchanges between characters give the novel the feel of a Seventies sitcom ...a wonderful achievement' DAILY MAIL `Cannon specialises, beautifully, in making concrete the abstract ... a superior debut' SUNDAY TIMES `Vibrant and funny...imagine Donna Tartt's The Secret History, set in 1970s English suburbia' GUARDIAN `Successfully capturing the claustrophobia of suburban life... Cannon paints a sympathetic and nuanced portrait of society's misfits' THE INDEPENDENT `Beautifully written' DAILY EXPRESS `Sweet, nostalgic and funny' THE SUN ON SUNDAY `Wry, acutely observant and brilliantly claustrophobic' MAIL ON SUNDAY `Fresh and vivid, this intriguing debut is a perceptive coming-of-age tale' SUNDAY EXPRESS `A unique and unforgettable debut' WALL STREET JOURNAL `A very special book that makes us think about ourselves and others more deeply ... a terrific pageturner' NATHAN FILER `An utter delight. Perceptive, funny, dark, moving. And so beautifully written. I loved it' SARAH WINMAN `A quirky, moving and beautifully written tale of suburban life in 1970s Britain, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is a delight from start to finish' PAULA HAWKINS
Joanna Cannon graduated from Leicester Medical School and worked as a hospital doctor, before specialising in psychiatry. Her first novel The Trouble With Goats and Sheep was a top ten bestseller in both hardback and paperback and was a Richard and Judy pick. She lives in the Peak District with her family and her dog.