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Introducing the May & June
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by bestselling author Joanna Cannon
Our current Doncaster Read choice, in association with Doncaster Waterstones, features Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep. Her debut novel, which grew from a blog, was published in January 2016 and rocketed up the Sunday Times bestseller list to reach number 3 in just two weeks!
Joanna didn’t start out as a writer, but loved books and developed a ‘fascination with words, stories and people’. Following a string of jobs after leaving school at 15, she went back to college and eventually qualified as a doctor, which is when she started writing a blog at the end of days in A&E and palliative care. The blog then led to a novel when she went on to specialise in psychiatry. She became aware of ‘a silent herd of unbelongers… who don’t quite fit in’. These ‘goats’, often get the blame for things that go wrong in society.
Joanna says “I wrote Goats and Sheep because I believe there is a little unbelonging in all of us… I hope it will remind us that we should always ask questions of ourselves…that it might help us to be a little kinder to those who stand at the edge of the dancefloor.” The book shows that “if we scratch the surface of most sheep, we might very well find ourselves with a goat.”
Have a read and decide which you are….