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Three Things About Elsie

Joanna Cannon

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…

One of The Reading Agency Books of the Year 2018

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Reader Reviews


02 August 2018

We all enjoyed this book ,although some of us had guessed the twist to the story


13 August 2019

The central character, Florence, is an 84 year old woman who has a flat in a sheltered accommodation complex. She lives in constant fear of being diagnosed with dementia and being moved to a nearby care home. Things start to go wrong for her when a shady character from her past becomes her latest neighbour.
Joanna Cannon’s skillful writing gives the reader an insight into Florence’s mind, sharing in her confusion and anxiety. Cannon’s accurate observations of dementia sufferers have resulted in a beautifully sensitive book, which kept me guessing as to what was fact and what was the fantasies of Florence’s mind, right until the very end.

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