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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep - Joanna Cannon

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep - Joanna Cannon

Title: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

Author:  Joanna Cannon

ISBN:  9780008132163

Weight:  919g

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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

It’s Monday, the blistering summer of 1976 continues, and Mrs Creasy from Number 8 has gone missing.

The neighbours seem keen to blame her disappearance on the heat, but 10-year-old Grace and her best friend Tilly aren’t convinced.  Inspired by the local vicar, the girls decide to investigate, believing that if they can find God – who keeps everyone safe – they might also find Mrs Creasy and bring her home.

So while the temperature rockets and the tarmac melts, Grace and Tilly go door-to-door in search of clues.  But instead of finding their missing neighbour, the girls uncover a series of small mysteries behind the avenue’s closed doors.  As they try to make sense of what they’ve seen and heard, a wider history of deception and long-buried secrets begins to emerge.

What the girls don’t know is that nine years ago a baby also went missing from the avenue; nor do they realise that the lies used to conceal the truth of that fateful day are the same ones Mrs Creasy was beginning to peel back – just before she disappeared.

Peer & Press Reviews

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.

James Hannah, author of The A to Z of You and Me

A quirky, moving and beautifully written tale of suburban life in 1970s Britain, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is a delight from start to finish.

Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

Cannon’s interrogation of hypocrisy and prejudice is insightful and compassionate…  I didn’t want the book to end.

Carys Bray, author of A Song for Issy Bradley

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: The Borough Press
Awards and prizes:

Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2016 – winner (Breakthrough Author)

Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2016 – shortlist (Fiction category)

Desmond Elliott Prize 2016 – longlist

Book Club listing: Richard and Judy Book Club - chosen for the spring 2017 list
Media accolade: The Observer newspaper chose Joanna Cannon for their 2016 ‘new faces in fiction’ list
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9780008132163
ISBN 10: 000813216X
Format: Hardcover [pictorial boards], no dust jacket
Pages: 453
Size (h x w x d): 228 x 162 x 39mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Philippa Gedge
Jacket design: HarperCollinsPublishers
Jacket illustration: Shutterstock

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