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This is the discussion thread for our December read, Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon

Three Things About Elise
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 wonders if a terrible secret from her 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?

Three Things About Elsie is the story about forever friends on the twisting path of life. As we uncover their buried secrets, we learn how the fine threads of humanity that connect us all.


Joanna Cannon
Joanna Cannon is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling debut novel The Trouble with Goats and Sheep. The novel was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize, shortlisted for The Bookseller Industry Awards 2017 and won the 2016 BAMB Reader Award.

Joanna left school at fifteen with one O-level and worked her way through many different jobs – barmaid, kennel maid, pizza delivery expert – before returning to school in her thirties and qualifying as a doctor. Her work as a psychiatrist and interest in people on the fringes of society continue to inspire her writing, and Joanna currently volunteers for Arts for Health, an organisation bringing creative arts to NHS staff and patients. Joanna Cannon’s second novel Three Things About Elsie was published in January 2018 and explores memory, friendship and old age. She lives in the Peak District with her family and her dog.


Anne will be leading discussion for this book. happy reading all!


Sophie | 155 comments I totally buzzed through this book, I enjoyed it so much. It touched many emotions. I chuckled out loud, I was in suspense, I was on the verge of tears. Not many books do this for me.
I am not the type of person who tries to guess plot twists and endings, I like to go with the flow. If a book is too obvious about where it is going and takes a long time to get there, I find myself annoyed. Although I guessed things, I was fine with it. It didn't matter.
I loved Florence and I sympathized with her situation. I also found her to be quite witty and a bit comical. Someone I would have loved to have as a friend.
Can you tell I really loved this book?


Anne Kiely (annekiely) | 13 comments That's exactly how I felt when I'd read the book, although I didn't foresee the twist! Joanna Cannon must have come across so many of these situations in real life and I loved the humour entwined with the sadness.


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