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Three Things About Elsie - Joanna Cannon

Three Things About Elsie - Joanna Cannon

Title: Three Things About Elsie

Author:  Joanna Cannon

ISBN:  9780008196912

Weight:  907 g

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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.

Peer & Press Reviews

Compassionate, thoughtful and tender, it is a novel exploring the pain of nostalgia and personal truths so painful we hide them even from ourselves.

Hannah Beckerman, Guardian

A warm, wise novel – brilliantly entertaining – that also manages to be a timely and profound take on ageing.  I loved it.

Kate Hamer, author of The Doll Funeral

Another sure-fire hit for Cannon… abounds with Alan Bennett-esque humour, as well as heart-wrenching sadness.

Daily Mail

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: Three Things About Elsie
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes: Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018 – longlist
Book Club listing: Simon Mayo Drivetime Radio 2 Book Club (Mon 22/11/2018)
Media adaptation:

Three Things About Elsie is to be developed into a TV drama by Red Planet Pictures, the makers of BBC 1’s ‘Death in Paradise’.

The deal was brokered by Luke Speed of Curtis Brown Group on behalf of Sue Armstrong from the C+W Agency.  The series will be executive produced by Belinda Campbell, joint managing director of Red Planet Pictures.

Book Stats
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint: The Borough Press
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13: 9780008196912
ISBN 10: 0008196915
Format: Hardcover [pictorial boards], no dust jacket
Pages: 453
Size (h x w x d): 228 x 161 x 39mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph: Philippa Gedge
Cover design: Holly Macdonald
Cover photograph: Shutterstock

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