Book:

ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE

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.

 

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

WINNER OF THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD

WINNER OF THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS DEBUT OF THE YEAR 

WINNER OF THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS OVERALL BOOK OF THE YEAR

TOP TEN OF THE LIBRARY READS FAVOURITE OF THE FAVOURITES

Reviews:

“The title everyone is talking about…utterly original”

The Independent
The Independent

Sweet and satisfying, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine will speak to introverts who have ever felt a little weird about their place in the world.

Bustle
Bustle

The neatest trick Gail Honeyman pulls off in her debut novel is to make readers love a character who goes so far out of her way to be unlovable: Eleanor Oliphant has no friends and seems to like it that way, reserving any affection she may bestow on other human beings for the bottles of vodka she relies on to drink herself to sleep at night. She’s as likable as unlikable protagonists get, a prickly loner who never met a person she couldn’t quell with a scathingly hilarious insult, but whose judgmental nature is clearly hiding a wounded core. Despite what both she and the book’s title will tell you, Eleanor is far from fine, and in a neat twist on the unreliable narrator trope, Honeyman subtly but methodically unpacks her protagonist’s mysterious traumatic past, adding shading and nuance to Eleanor’s unpleasant and occasionally obsessive behavior. It’s a tonal balancing act that she pulls off with aplomb, and makes Eleanor Oliphant the kind of book you’ll want to devour in a single sitting

Vox, A Best Book of 2017
Vox , A Best Book of 2017

In an extraordinarily difficult year socially and politically, I cannot help picking a book that gave me immense joy. From page one, I had no idea where it was going, but I immediately loved Eleanor precisely for how difficult she was, how deliciously awkward in so many situations that made me laugh out loud at her rejection of social mores. Nothing prepared for the slow warming of her heart, and the way it blew her world wide open.

Attica Locke
Attica Locke

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.

Foyles
Foyles

A truly original voice and so good on loneliness: I sobbed and sobbed

Cathy Rentzenbrink, journalist and author of Richard and Judy pick The Last Act of Love
Cathy Rentzenbrink , journalist and author of Richard and Judy pick The Last Act of Love

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, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Jo Cannon , Sunday Times bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

Hugely original, a funny and sad tale of a survivor of childhood trauma who tackles the challenges of emotional reconnection with grave courage. It’s unmissable.

S Magazine / Sunday Express
S Magazine / Sunday Express

Quirky, witty and absorbing

Heat
Heat

Unforgettable, brilliant, funny & life-affirming

The Daily Mail
The Daily Mail

A warm, funny and thought-provoking story

The Observer
The Observer

This is a heart-wrenching look at modern loneliness (the new, unmentionable cancer, as Eleanor points out) and the presumptions we make about people. It’s so easy to view Eleanor just as the rest of the world does – but that’s the point and I defy you not to be her biggest fan by the end of the book.

The Pool
The Pool

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.

Red
Red

This is a narrative full of quiet warmth and deep and unspoken sadness. It makes you want to throw a party and invite everyone you know and give them a hug, even that person at work everyone thinks is a bit weird.

The Guardian
The Guardian

Debut author Honeyman expertly captures a woman whose inner pain is excruciating and whose face and heart are scarred, but who still holds the capacity to love and be loved. Eleanor’s story will move readers.

Publisher’s Weekly
Publisher’s Weekly

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
Jojo Moyes , #1 New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You

I have read a few great novels recently, but the one that stuck with me the most over the last few months if Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and the entire time I beamed with joy at the beauty of this story. I fell in love with Eleanor and never wanted the book to end. I wanted so badly to keep following her story.

Krysten Ritter
Krysten Ritter

Beautifully written and INCREDIBLY funny, Eleanor Oliphant by Gail Honeyman is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in LOVE with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love too!

Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon

Genre

Accessible Literary fiction

UK Publication

HarperCollins, May 2017

US Publication

Penguin / Viking , May 2017

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