A Live Q&A With a Sunday Times Bestselling Author.

Joanna Cannon, Author.


Joanna Cannon is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling novels The Trouble with Goats and Sheep and Three Things About ElsieThe Trouble with Goats and Sheep was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize, shortlisted for The Bookseller Industry Awards 2017, won the 2016 BAMB Reader Award and has been published in 16 territories. Both novels were selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club and Three Things About Elsie was also longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

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Joanna Cannon, Guest Tutor.

Enjoy a live Q&A with Joanna on Monday 24th August at 6pm BST.

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. Joanna Cannon graduated from Leicester Medical School and worked as a hospital doctor, before specialising in psychiatry. Her first novel The Trouble With Goats and Sheep was a top ten bestseller in both hardback and paperback and was a Richard and Judy pick. Her work as a psychiatrist and interest in people on the fringes of society continue to inspire her writing. She lives in the Peak District with her family and her dog.

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Joanna Cannon's Books.

If you like humorous literary fiction and mystery and suspense, you'll love Joanna Cannon's novels.

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The Girl in the Red Coat

Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands.

And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined…


The Doll Funeral

84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, she considers the charming new resident who looks exactly like a man she once knew a man who died sixty years ago. His arrival has stirred distant memories she and Elsie thought they’d laid to rest. Lying prone in the front room, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light.


In this powerful memoir, Joanna Cannon tells her story as a junior doctor in visceral, heart-rending snapshots. We walk with her through the wards, facing extraordinary and daunting moments: from attending her first post-mortem, sitting with a patient through their final moments, to learning the power of a well- or badly chosen word.

Joanna Cannon at The Novelry.

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