We’re all big bookworms here at SCEL HQ and once a month we like to gather around the lunch table with a cup of tea to talk about our latest read from the @teamSCEL book club.
As World Book Day celebrates its 20th anniversary, here is my take on February’s choice – The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon.
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
Chosen by: Julie
Louise’s rating: 4/5
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is an adorably innocent tale of suburban neighbourhood life, set in 1976. As Mrs Creasy disappears from her home, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly are convinced that they can solve the mystery of their missing neighbour if they can find God.
Largely told through the eyes of Grace, the story uses flashbacks from the residents of The Avenue and slowly but surely throughout their investigation, dark secrets of the close-knit neighbourhood come to light.
The story may be set in the 70s but the themes are ageless. It is a story about society – how frequently people are judged by their appearances, how easily our perceptions can be swayed by others, and how small decisions can have huge repercussions.
It’s also heart-warming, and through each characters story is a strong message of acceptance, empathy, friendship and compassion.
The different take on events as seen through the child-like innocence of Grace and Tilly vs the adults of The Avenue was charming and hilarious.
Throughout, Cannon’s storytelling is beautiful, colourful, graceful and engrossing – and it’s difficult to believe this is her debut novel.
This book comes highly recommended from the book club, and I promise it will make you smile.
This month’s book – chosen by Andrew – is The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes.
Feel free to read along with us, and let us know what you think @teamSCEL.