Three Things About Elsie: LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018
By Joanna Cannon
LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018There 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.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. A real page turner. Full of emotion and understanding, the story made me smile and yet it contained some very serious messages. Florence became a part of my life whilst I was reading the novel, and it will be a long time before I forget her.
Florence is an elderly lady living in sheltered accommodation. On suffering a fall she begins to recall an episode from her past brought to mind by the appearance of a new and quite frightening resident. After several twists in the plot the reader eventually learns the “three things about Elsie”.
A book I would definitely recommend as it deals sensitively with the subject of aging and dementia as well as having a very intriguing plot.
This book is a total delight from start to finish. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me want to keep on turning the pages. It's very deftly written and with such a light and sensitive touch that I didn't realise until I'd finished just how big some of the issues that come up are. It's set in a sheltered housing establishment for elderly people but it's also a gentle crime thriller with some heartwrenching twists and turns. It's so beautifully written, so easy to read and such a good story that I'd recommend it to anyone. It's the next book for our reading group, Book Swap, Durham, and I'm so looking forward to discussing it with everyone. There's such a lot in there for us to get our teeth into. Hope there'll be Battenburg, too. (Many thanks to Borough Press, Harper Fiction and The Reading Agency for providing the books)
I absolutely loved this book. It's sweet and funny, as well as at times very poignant. You will be rooting for Florence, Elsie and all the characters.