This week, Gail has done it again. Eleanor has been voted No. 1 in the Australian book chain Dymocks Top 101 titles, as chosen by their loyalty programme customers. Not only that, Eleanor Oliphant has usurped Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone from the top spot, where it will remain for the rest of the year.
The novel continues to do incredibly well on home turf, too, where it has sold nearly 2.25 million copies across all formats. Paperback figures this week see it sitting at 955,146 – under 50,000 copies short of a million in paperback alone!
In the US, Eleanor Oliphant has spent over 30 weeks in the top 5. It was sitting at No.5 in the New York Times Fiction Chart last week. The novel has sold over one million copies in all formats in the US.
Last year, Gail was nominated for 19 prizes. She won the Costa First Novel Award 2017, the Popular Fiction Book of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards, the Readers’ Choice Award at the Books are My Bag Awards 2018, the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Novel Award, the Audio Production Awards, the Waverton Good Read Award, and three prizes at the British Book Awards – Overall Book of the Year, Fiction Debut Book of the Year and Marketing Strategy of the Year.
It was shortlisted for The Desmond Elliot Prize 2018; the Independent Booksellers Book Award 2018; the Australian Book Industry Awards; the Books are my Bag Readers Awards 2017; the Festival Du Premier Roman award; and the Audiobook of the Year at the British Book Awards.
It was announced at the end of last year that the film adaption of Eleanor Oliphant is set to be produced by Reese Witherspoon’s company, Hello Sunshine, who will partner with production giant, MGM Studios. The script will be written by Liz Hannah, writer of the Stephen Spielberg film, The Post.