Accessible Literary fiction


HarperCollins, May 2017


Penguin / Viking , May 2017


Gail Honeyman


Eleanor Oliphant is a bit of an odd ball. She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance (scarred cheek, sometime wearer of an eczema glove), means that Eleanor has become a bit of a loner – or ‘self-contained entity’ as she calls it. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life and phone chats with ‘Mummy’ (in prison for crimes unknown).


But everything changes when Eleanor falls for the local hipster-band frontman, Johnnie Lomond. As Eleanor prepares herself for her inevitable union with the object of her desire (appropriate attire, new laptop for Instagram stalking), she inadvertently befriends the new guy from her office, Raymond.


As Eleanor navigates the waters of obsessive love and her long-distance relationship with ‘Mummy’, she realises she can only overcome the horrors of her past if she accepts a little help from Raymond…


Filled with unabashed wit, Eleanor Oliphant follows its quirky and troubled female narrator as she realises that the only way to survive her current state of mind is to open her heart to friendship.


“Eleanor Oliphant is a truly original literary creation: funny, touching, and unpredictable. Her journey out of dark shadows is expertly woven and absolutely gripping.”
Jojo Moyes, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You

This novel strikes such a beautiful and delicate balance between funny and heartbreaking and absolutely restores your faith in humanity. Though it’s only May, I’m calling it already; this is my book of the year.”

“I loved this novel. Honeyman’s light touch draws you into Eleanor’s funny, brave, and, at times, utterly devastating world. A story about the very worst and very best that humans are capable of, it somehow makes you laugh out loud whilst building a creeping sense of dread, and leaves you reeling at its spectacular twist. A truly impressive debut.” 
Eleanor Wasserberg

“I adored it. The story is wonderful, the characters are perfect, but most of all, Eleanor is written with such incredible kindness. I struggle to think of a character who has meant more to me than Eleanor Oliphant. The writing is so skilled, so perceptive, Eleanor’s world will feel familiar to you from the very first page. An outstanding debut, and a serious contender for my book of the year. I can’t say enough good things about this novel!”
Jo Cannon

“A truly original voice and so good on loneliness: I sobbed and sobbed”
Cathy Rentzenbrink

“Funny, moving and bold, this is a wonderful story about a terrific woman who has learned how to survive – but not yet how to live.”



UK & Commonwealth: HarperCollins / HarperFiction
North American: Penguin / Viking / Pamela Dorman Books
Bulgarian: Obsidian
Chinese Simplified: United Sky
Chinese Complex: Delight Press
Czech: Albatros
Dutch: Cargo/Bezige Bij
Finnish: WSOY
French: Fleuve
German: Bastei Luebbe
Hebrew: Keter
Hungarian: Kossuth
Icelandic: Forlagid
Italian: Garzanti
Japanese: HarperCollins Japan
Korean: Munhakdongne Publishing Group
Latvian: Zvaigzne ABC
Polish: HarperCollins Poland
Portuguese (EU): Porto
Portuguese (Brazil): Rocco
Russian: AST
Serbian: Vulkan
Slovak: Albatros
Slovenian: Ucila
Spanish: Roca
Swedish: Lind
Turkish: Pegasus