Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon – A Review

‘Nothing he had a go at seemed to fit. Life sometimes felt like trying on the entire contents of a shoe shop, but all of them pinched your toes.’

As a huge fan of Joanna Cannon’s debut novel ‘The Trouble with Goats and Sheep’, I did wonder whether she could impress so highly a second time. The answer to that is a resounding ‘he’s in my opinion. Here’why:-

  • The delightful Battenburg book cover is a joy in itself, with the subtle jigsaw detailing. The book feels chunky, looks pretty on the shelf and then you have the pleasure of the written word.
  • Three Things About Elsie focused on Florence who lives in a home for the elderly. I am not going to give the story away but she is worried about a secret from her past.Whilst reading this book I found myself considering how the older generation are treated and how I feel towards getting older. Joanna Cannon has a way of making me think, question situations and debate with myself at times – it is one of the reasons I enjoy her work so much.
  • Joanna Cannon describes situations and characters in a way that both gives insight and a touch of humour. I’ve shortened this extract to give you a glimpse. ‘Handy Simon wore a St. Christopher around his neck even though he’d never travelled further than Sutton Coldfield………. “Keep you safe” his father said “Out of harm’s way”. Generally it had. Although whether the last twenty five years was the work of St Christopher or because Simon was naturally cautious it remained to be seen.’
  • My favourite character is Handy Simon closely followed by Miss Ambrose. I think we have all known at least one Simon.

I don’t normally re-read a book but I will be revisiting Three Things About Elsie as I feel I will discover even more from it the second time around. What did you think about Joanna Cannon’s latest offering and who was your favourite character?

Much love xxxx