Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon

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 little bit more explaining.

84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, 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 author of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP, this book will teach you many things, but here are three of them:
1) The fine threads of humanity will connect us all forever.
2) There is so very much more to anyone than the worst thing they have ever done.
3) Even the smallest life can leave the loudest echo.

This book is a lot of things. It's funny, it's endearing, it's surprising and it's heartbreaking. I loved Florence, Elsie and Jack,they snuck their way into my heart and I was thinking of them long after their story was over. While reading the book I kept forgetting that Florence was lying on her living room floor waiting for help to arrive and when we did get back to it I felt myself getting anxious about her.

These friends are living in sheltered accommodation, Florence has the onset of dementia and can't seem to function properly without her friend Elsie. They are all woried about Florence being moved into a care home. That said, it will surprise you just what they get up to when a face from the past threatens them. 
I didn't really enjoy Joanna Cannon's debut novel,The Trouble With Goats and Sheep ( many people loved it) so I was unsure about this one but as I have always loved the stories on her blog so I thought I would at least try it. I'm so glad I did,I loved this book and I cried my eyes out at the totally unexpected twist near the end,so very clever. This will definitely be in my top ten books for this year.




  1. Definitely up my street, Anne! Thank you! I’ve read some of the other reviews too. It sounds as if her writing style will suit me too!

  2. I didn't expect to like it but I did. Stayed with me for ages.


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