YWTB! Joanna Cannon

Hello and welcome back to You Wrote the Book, with Simon Savidge. Each fortnight Simon is joined by a special guest author to discuss their life as a writer and as a reader.

This episode Simon’s special guest is Joanna Cannon, whose debut novel The Trouble With Goats and Sheep Simon havs described on many occasion as being like To Kill A Mockingbird if it was set in 1970’s Nottingham. During the heatwave in England, 1976, Mrs Creasy goes 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 investigate. As the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined… Part whodunnit, part coming of age, this is a gripping debut about the secrets behind every door as Joanna Cannon takes us behind the twitching curtains.

Simon had the pleasure of interviewing Joanna about The Trouble With Goats and Sheep earlier this month. They talked about the novel, it’s many characters and perspectives, how Joanna’s background and real life events inspired the book, prejudice and perception, oh and Angel Delight.

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That is it for this series of You Wrote The Book, Simon will be back with a whole host of authors in April. In the meantime if you would like to suggest authors you think Simon should be getting on the show, or simply want to have a natter about books, you can email youwrotethebook@gmail.com or find us on twitter @youwrotethebook.

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