• Three Things About Elsie

  • By: Joanna Cannon
  • Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-11-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (4 ratings)

Regular price: $13.85

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Publisher's Summary

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.
Eighty-four-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 60 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:



The fine threads of humanity will connect us all forever.
There is so very much more to anyone than the worst thing they have ever done.
Even the smallest life can leave the loudest echo.

©2018 Joanna Cannon (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Critic Reviews

"Charming, wise and profoundly human. I lived every page of this book." (Erin Kelly)
"A warm, wise novel - brilliantly entertaining - that also manages to be a timely and profound take on ageing. I loved it." (Kate Hamer)
"A real treasure from Joanna Cannon's wry and amusing world, where the long view from the day-room is at once poignant and perceptive." (James Hannah)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Patreesha on 01-17-18

Utterly Brilliant

I started listening to this book because I needed something light to listen to. It is utterly brilliant as my heading says. I never would, nor did I, have guessed the ending in a zillion years. I really loved this book from the very first page until the last page.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Kaggy on 03-20-18

Witty and touching but at a very slow pace

I loved Joanna's goats and sheep book and hoped that this one would also have her fantastic eye for detail and the poetry of everyday language. To a certain extent it does, and some of the passages are a joy to listen to, but unfortunately the pacing was very slow and meandering. To be honest I found myself drifting away from the story on more than one occasion and thus some elements of the plot confused me. I also found some of the surprise twists were very obvious. Paula Wilcox is a wonderful narrator, and she can't be faulted here, but overall The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, with its unashamed and joyous nostalgia, was a far more enjoyable experience.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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1 out of 5 stars
By S C BATES on 03-04-18

Disappointed

Story too long and confusing at times. Very depressing and would not recommend it to anyone elderly or depressed. Paula Wilcox however gets my thumbs up as an exceptional reader.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Raewyn on 04-22-18

Gripping and thought provoking

A masterfully written novel with unexpected twists and turns told in a truly creative way. It also commands reflection on both the process of aging and the human condition in general.
Brilliantly narrated, the characters were lifted off the page.

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