Saturday, 11 February 2017

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

The Trouble with Goats & Sheep
Joanna Cannon

Very quirky British read. Set in the 1970s and has lovely feelings of nostalgia. It's not something I'd usually pick up but I'd seen brilliant reviews & I wanted something different. Margaret Creasy is missing on The Avenue and 10 year old Grace & Tilly decide to investigate.

I liked learning more about various characters on The Avenue but found the 'secrets' maybe needed to be fleshed out a bit more for certain individuals. Mrs Mortons is very well written though & wasn't what I expected.

Some lovely little one liners. Loved the section about weeds & goats & sheep.


I must admit though I'm not 100% sure what happened especially regarding the fire. It all seemed to fizzle out with a rushed conclusion after a fairly slow plot. I'm still not quite sure where Margaret Creasy had been, why she disappeared or why she came back. Also Tilly becomes quite ill but then just pops back with no explanation.

Whilst one of the secrets explains the hatred for Walter Bishop I'm still confused as to why they disliked him pre 1967.

I think some clues/descriptions were so subtle I may have missed something.

I'd be curious what you thought.

The trouble with goats & sheep is a really good novel that I enjoyed & thought about after but the disappointing ending means its a 4 star.

Emma xxx

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