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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by [Cannon, Joanna]
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‘A splendid debut …Forensic period detail and pithy exchanges between characters give the novel the feel of a Seventies sitcom …a wonderful achievement’ DAILY MAIL‘Cannon specialises, beautifully, in making concrete the abstract … a superior debut’ SUNDAY TIMES‘Vibrant and funny…imagine Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, set in 1970s English suburbia’ GUARDIAN‘Successfully capturing the claustrophobia of suburban life… Cannon paints a sympathetic and nuanced portrait of society’s misfits’ THE INDEPENDENT‘Beautifully written’ DAILY EXPRESS‘Sweet, nostalgic and funny’ THE SUN ON SUNDAY‘Wry, acutely observant and brilliantly claustrophobic’ MAIL ON SUNDAY‘Fresh and vivid, this intriguing debut is a perceptive coming-of-age tale’ SUNDAY EXPRESS‘A unique and unforgettable debut’ WALL STREET JOURNAL‘A very special book that makes us think about ourselves and others more deeply … a terrific pageturner’ NATHAN FILER‘An utter delight. Perceptive, funny, dark, moving. And so beautifully written. I loved it’ SARAH WINMAN‘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’

About the Author

“Cannon’s intense specificity captures a world in amber, permitting intimate access to the pantries, gardens, and garages of Britain’s past… a microcosm rife with tiny extraordinaries… Cannon is a mapmaker; her stories create an atlas... As in George Perec’s Life: A User’s Manual, the secrets of each household come to light.”  (Samantha Hunt The New York Times Book Review)

"A captivating new voice in British fiction. Not since Nathan Filer's The Shock of the Fall has a debut novel held the promise of such an exciting career ahead. One of the standout novels of the year." (Hannah Beckerman, author of The Dead Wife's Handbook )

"Joanna Canon'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 )

"A stunning debut with wonderfully drawn characters. Joanna Cannon is one to watch." (Katie Fforde, author of A Vintage Wedding )

"A wonderful debut.The writing is beautiful, evocative, and stylish. What a treat!" (Jill Mansell )

"A haunting, perceptive novel about the price of belonging. It’s a treasure chest of a novel and I loved it very much." (Julie Cohen, author of Where Love Lies )

"Simply glorious.Every sentence is an utter joy and every character is perfectly drawn. Astunningly written novel with real heart and humour." (Miranda Dickinson, author of A Parcel for Anna Browne )

"Part whodunnit, part coming of age, this is a gripping debut about the secrets behind every door." (Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry )

"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 masterfully constructed plot... This understated, somewhat quirky debut novel is remarkable for its structure, characterizations, pitch perfect prose, touches of humor, and humanity. Cannon is an author to watch."

(Michele Leber Booklist (starred review))

"A thoughtful tale of loyalty and friendship, family dynamics and human nature." (Kirkus)

“In her astute, engaging debut, Cannon uses the New Testament parable of the title to illustrate, wryly and with pinpoint accuracy, the righteous indignation and small mindedness of a group of gossipy English suburbanites… an insightful, offbeat mystery.” (Publishers Weekly)

"Presents our complicated world with compassion and humor.” (Lauren Bufferd BookPage)

"A woolly mystery." (Vanity Fair)

"Masterful... a must read. Cannon’s prose is simply electric... literary fiction at its best." (Manhattan Book Review)

"We get to know the villagers intimately, the author writing with imagery that paints pictures with words... This mystery will keep you guessing until the end... it’s well worth a read." (Chris Stuckenschneider The Missourian)

"Reminiscent of Scout Finch with shades of Flavia de Luce, 10 year olds Grace and Tilly spend the sweltering summer of 1976 investigating two mysteries... Quirky characters, playful language and humor offset the tension. The child detectives may have gotten themselves into more than they bargained for, but their adventure leads their street toward closer community and the novel to an upbeat conclusion."  (Cheryl Krocker McKeon Shelf Awareness)


Product details

  • File Size: 1249 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Publisher: The Borough Press (January 28, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 28, 2016
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B011HCXZPQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,377 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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