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C&W are thrilled to announce that two of our authors came home with Books Are My Bag Readers Awards from the organisation’s first prize ceremony late last week. A unique new set of awards, the shortlists were curated by bookshops and the winners voted for by book-lovers. As such, it was with particular joy that we celebrated Joanna Cannon‘s win in the Breakthrough Author Award category for her Top 10 Sunday Times bestselling debut The Trouble with Goats and Sheep and Matt Haig‘s success in winning the Non Fiction Award for his number 1 Sunday Times bestselling book Reasons to Stay Alive.

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon


It’s Monday, the blistering summer of 1976 continues, and Mrs Creasy from Number 8 has gone missing. The neighbours seem keen to blame her disappearance on the heat, but 10-year-old Grace and her best friend Tilly aren’t convinced. Inspired by the local vicar, the girls decide to investigate, believing that if they can find God – who keeps everyone safe – they might also find Mrs Creasy and bring her home.

At once coming-of-age novel and whodunnit story, THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP radiates an unmistakable charm and warmth, and calls to mind great storytellers such as Maria Semple, Sarah Winman and Emma Healey

Now sold in 14 territories and optioned for TV, THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP has been described as “a novel to be savoured” (Guardian), “a superior debut that will generate a devoted book group following” (The Sunday Times), “Whimsical and memorable… An utter joy to read” (Independent Ireland) and “Fresh and vivid, this intriguing debut is a perceptive coming-of-age tale” (Sunday Express). Paula Hawkins, author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, labelled the book “a quirky, moving and beautifully written tale of suburban life in 1970s Britain… a delight from start to finish”.

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig


Aged 24, Matt Haig’s world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again.

A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.

‘I wrote this book because the oldest clichés remain the truest. Time heals. The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view. The tunnel does have light at the end of it, even if we haven’t been able to see it . . . Words, just sometimes, really can set you free.’

Labelled “a life-saving book” (Amanda Craig) and “the most important book I’ve read this year” (Simon Mayo), REASONS TO STAY ALIVE stayed in the British top 10 for 46 weeks. 

28 Nov 2016