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Joanna Cannon


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Joanna Cannon was born in a small Derbyshire town, at the very edge of the Peak District National Park. As an only child of an only child, a great number of her friends lived within the pages of a book, and she soon discovered what would become a life-long fascination with words, stories and character.

Jo left school at fifteen with one O-level and worked her way through many different jobs: barmaid, kennel maid, pizza delivery expert, and although these experiences may not have felt useful at the time, they gave her a breadth of understanding about people which would later become invaluable.


 
Joanna Cannon recommends
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Before the Fall (2014)
Juliet West
"My favourite Great War novel . . . Incredible writing."
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The Last of Us (2016)
Rob Ewing
"A story about the strength and fragility of human nature. Rob Ewing's writing is powerful, compassionate and brilliant. I absolutely loved it."
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Tin Man (2017)
Sarah Winman
"It's exquisite. There are stories you just feel privileged to read. Sarah's writing breaks you and heals you, all in the same moment, and I haven't been so moved, and so in love with a book and its characters in a very long time."
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Together (2017)
Julie Cohen
"Julie Cohen's writing is powerful, moving and truly beautiful."
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The Upstairs Room (2017)
Kate Murray-Browne
"An incredible read. Clever, chilling, I couldn't put it down."
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The Woman in the Window (2018)
A J Finn
"Amazing. What an elegant, beautifully written thriller. I loved Dr Fox from the word go, and the twists and turns were just exquisite. It's so rare to find a story so compelling, yet so gracefully told – the flair and class of Hitchcock on every page. It's quite a cliche, but I was genuinely walking around the house/answering the door/eating my meals with the book in my hand."
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Sal (2018)
Mick Kitson
"Just *wonderful*. A breath of fresh air in a book. Sal is a story with incredible heart, told so beautifully and with such clarity and grace I can hardly believe it's a debut! I loved it."

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