Joanna Cannon

Joanna Cannon is the author of the bestselling debut novel The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, which has sold over 300,000 copies in the UK alone and has been published in 15 countries. Her second novel, Three Things About Elsie, explores memory, friendship and old age. It received rave reviews and went straight into the Sunday Times top ten in January 2018. Joanna left school at fifteen with one O-level and worked her way through many different jobs – barmaid, kennel maid, pizza delivery expert – before returning to school in her thirties and qualifying as a doctor in her forties. Her work as a psychiatrist and interest in people on the fringes of society continue to inspire her writing, and Joanna currently volunteers for Arts for Health, an organisation bringing creative arts to NHS staff and patients. She lives in the Peak District.


Philippa Gedge