The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

By Joanna Cannon


‘Part whodunnit, part coming of age, this is a gripping debut about the secrets behind every door’ RACHEL JOYCE

‘Cannon is so attuned to other people’s stories… a chronicler both of the human condition and the quotidian details which speak to who we are’ GUARDIAN

‘A very special book’ NATHAN FILER
‘An utter delight’ SARAH WINMAN
‘A treasure chest of a novel’ JULIE COHEN
‘One of the standout novels of the year’ HANNAH BECKERMAN
‘I didn’t want the book to end’ CARYS BRAY
‘An excellent debut’ JAMES HANNAH
‘Grace and Tilly are my new heroes’ KATE HAMER
‘A wonderful debut’ JILL MANSELL
‘A modern classic in the making’ SARAH HILARY
‘A stunning debut’ KATIE FFORDE


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…

Format: Hardback
Release Date: 28 Jan 2016
Pages: 464
ISBN: 978-0-00-813216-3
Joanna Cannon graduated from Leicester Medical School and worked as a hospital doctor, before specialising in psychiatry. She lives in the Peak District with her family and her dog. The Trouble With Goats and Sheep is her first novel.

”'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” - PAULA HAWKINS