Three Things About Elsie by Joanna CannonThere 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.
‘Three Things About Elsie’: A big-hearted novel about the marginalised and forgotten
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Joanna Canon is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling debut novel The Trouble With Goats And Sheep , which has sold over , copies in Britain alone and has been published in 15 countries. Joanna Cannon, in short, is a very flavoursome flavour of the moment, the recipient of large advances and fulsome adulation from her many fans. To make matters worse, she seems a thoroughly likeable and admirable human being, having left school with just one O Level, returned to full time education in her 30s, qualified as a doctor and then moved across into psychiatry, where she has continued to work the wards of the mentally disturbed. This is all immensely worthy stuff and I genuinely respect her both for her intentions and for what she has achieved. But perversely, perhaps even irrationally, none of this makes me love her books. Eighty-four-year-old Florence lives in Cherry Tree sheltered accommodation where her constant companion is the titular Elsie. There are echoes of Goats And Sheep here: an enclosed community, two female narrators, division and unrest.
Apr 2. Posted by BookerTalk. Though she needs help she is afraid this will mean she is carted off to a residential home because she is deemed no longer able to look after herself. As Florence Claybourne waits, she thinks back over the previous month and the events triggered by the arrival of a new resident, a man she is convinced is someone she knew decades earlier but whom she believed was dead. No-one in the home believes her however.