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.




“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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.”


“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


“I was smitten within a couple of pages of this strangely beautiful and sad story and in deep, irrevocable love by the end. I hope that all readers fall for Elinor Oliphant as much as I have.”


“A warm, funny and thought-provoking story”
The Observer


“Unforgettable, brilliant, funny & life-affirming”
The Daily Mail


‘Quirky, witty and absorbing’


‘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


“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


“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


“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.”


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