Shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Fiction and Breakthrough Author Award 2016.
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016.
February 2016 Debut of the Month.
The title refers to a Bible quote and two 10-year old girls are greatly mystified as to its meaning and where to find God. They spend the hot summer of 1976 looking for answers. Set in a small town housing estate, the girls’ avenue is a close-knit community of busy bodies. They all know everyone else’s business, they all have secrets they are trying to hide. Beautifully told in multi first-person narratives and nipping in and out of several houses, many of these secrets are drip-fed to us. At its heart is the disappearance of Mrs Creasy from No 8 and the neighbours ostracising Walter Bishop from No 11 whose house mysteriously burnt in 1967. Then there was the “taking of a baby” in the same year. All these mysteries and more bounce round the houses in a charming tale of ordinary folk sweltering in the heat. I loved it. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
England,1976. Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands. And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined...
Closing date: 04/07/2018
In addition to our expert opinion, a small number of our Lovereading reader review panel members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. You can read the full reviews here.
'Part whodunnit, part coming of age, this is a gripping debut about the secrets behind every door'
'An utter delight. Perceptive, funny, dark, moving. And so beautifully written. I loved it'
'A haunting, perceptive novel about the price of belonging. It's a treasure chest of a novel and I loved it very much'
'A captivating new voice in British fiction. Not since Nathan Filer's The Shock of the Fall has a debut novel held the promise of such an exciting career ahead. One of the standout novels of the year'
'Cannon's interrogation of hypocrisy and prejudice is insightful and compassionate... I didn't want the book to end'
'An excellent debut. This cautionary tale of a suburban power struggle is charming and truthful, at once ambitious and intimate, with playful prose that reveals an intriguing mind at work'
Publication date: 28/01/2016
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||28th January 2016|
|Publisher:||The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction,|
Joanna Cannon graduated from Leicester Medical School and worked as a hospital doctor, before specialising in psychiatry. She lives in the Peak District with her family and her dog. The Trouble With Goats and Sheep is her first novel. Below is a Q&A with this author Borough Press’ Charlotte Cray interviews debut author Joanna Cannon about her beloved characters in The Trouble with Goats and Sheep and what it is about writing that sparks her mind and her heart.1. Your child narrator Grace is distinct and charming, and in her best friend Tilly ...More About Joanna Cannon