Three Things About Elsie

  • by Joanna Cannon
  • Narrated by Paula Wilcox
  • 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Some beautiful pictures painted but...

Gorgeous performance but unfortunately, the story was painfully predictable and long. Within the first few minutes I knew what the third thing about Elsie was and I continued in hope that I was being double bluffed. Again, some beautiful imagery painted by clever use of words, but not enough to counter the length or predictability of the story overall
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- Amazon Customer

Slow to start but great finish

Really slow starting off but with while to keep reading. There is a great twist and overall lovely story.
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- Tanya Seagrim

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-01-2018
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited