Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon was one of my absolute favourite books of 2017, so I was very excited about reading her second novel, Three Things About Elsie, even though it was still in hardback. As a rule, I don’t buy hardback books just because they’re too expensive, but I had some book tokens which I kept forgetting to spend and was worried would go out of date, so it seemed the sensible thing to do to spend them on a book I really wanted.

While The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is about two little girls, Three Things About Elsie is about two old ladies – Florence and her beloved friend Elsie. And in some ways there’s not a lot of difference between two little girls and two old ladies.

Florence and Elsie live in sheltered accommodation at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. One day, a new resident moves in and Florence is convinced it is someone from her past – someone who died over 60 years before. Together with Elsie and their friend Jack, they investigate the new resident – is he really who he says he is or is he the man Florence remembers from the past?

Florence sometimes gets confused and may have to move to Greenbank, a home for elderly people who need extra care. She struggles to piece together the past, but Elsie is always there to reassure her and help her – even if she does sometimes have to tell her to keep her voice down.

Florence, Elsie and Jack persuade the Cherry Tree staff that they should have a residential trip to Whitby, where they are convinced they can piece together the mystery.

The story is told by Florence, Cherry Tree manager Miss Ambrose and Cherry Tree handyman, Simon. Every few chapters we get a glimpse of the present day, where Florence is lying on the floor, having fallen in her flat, waiting to be rescued.

This is a brilliant book with so much to love – the characters and their voices, the humour and the story. What initially feels like a gentle story about two old ladies has a couple of real OMG moments towards the end, which I really didn’t expect.

Whatever genre of book you like, I don’t think you could fail to enjoy Three Things About Elsie.

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  1. I love reading your books reviews as we have such similar taste in books. I’m adding this to my list of books to look out for.

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    • I’m sure you’ll love this one! It’s great when you find someone who shares similar tastes. I have a friend with the same tastes as me, so we lend each other a lot of books!

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  2. Oh I like the sound of this, one for my list. There are so many books I want to read at the moment, I need to get on with it once these snow days are over and the children are back to school!
    Nat.x

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    • This is such a good book and I think it would appeal to fans of a lot of different genres. Good luck with getting back to reading!

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  3. Oooo now my mum just lent me her copy of The Trouble With Goats and Sheep, will put this on my TBR list for after I finish that! #readwithme

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    • You will love both of them, I’m sure! They’re both so quirky with such lovely characters,

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  4. This sounds like such a brilliant book! I now want to know about the OMG moments at the end!! #readwithme

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    • You have to read it, it’s such a lovely book and I would never have guessed the OMG moment in a million years!

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    • It’s a brilliant read! Isn’t the cover, lovely?

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    • I’m sure you wouldn’t be disappointed! I like to read something quirky like this from time to time.

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  5. This sounds very appealing to me with female friendship, a mystery and Whitby! How could I resist? Thanks for your lovely review #ReadWithMe

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    • I’m sure you would love it! I don’t know Whitby at all, but it paints a very vivid picture of it.

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  6. Every time I read one of your reviews I end adding the book to my TBR list. It’s getting very, very long now! I will wait for this in paperback though; I find I can’t get very comfortable when I have a hardback book to hold.

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    • I’ve never considered that about paperbacks, but that’s a good point! My main objection to hardbacks is that they’re too expensive. I’m sure you’ll love Elsie!

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  7. I really liked The Trouble with Goats and Sheep too, really looking forward to reading this one now after your review.
    #Readwithme

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    • It’s good to hear that someone else really like Goats and Sheep too! In that case, I know you will love this one.

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