The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

By Joanna Cannon

  • Release Date: 2016-01-28
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 75 Ratings
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‘Part whodunnit, part coming of age, this is a gripping debut about the secrets behind every door’ RACHEL JOYCE

‘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…


‘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

‘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 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

‘A unique and unforgettable’ Wall Street Journal

About the author

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.


  • Oh wow

    By Vikcrab
    This is the most amazing book I have ever read, in fact it's one of the most amazing things I've ever had the pleasure of reading. There are so many notes in my margin, unable not to write my thoughts down with every little gem I found that made me think , and made me feel better about life. I want to send my love to the Author , she must be one of the most insightful and clever people ever born . I can't believe how many times I have chuckled to myself out loud whilst reading this, but mostly the way it provokes thought is the most amazing thing, I am blown away.
  • Mrs

    By Tiggy jay
    One of the most boring books I have ever read. A disappearing neighbour and a dull one at that does not sustain the interest beyond a couple of chapters. Don't waste your money on this wishy washy ramble.