What a week it’s been for multi-award winning author, Gail Honeyman and her book Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.
The official bestselling book of 2018 is still thriving in 2019, this week reaching the phenomenal landmark of over 1 million paperbacks sold. To put that into context, that’s just under 2,500 jumbo jets filled with passengers en route to their holidays all reading a copy of Eleanor Oliphant, no doubt the absolutely stunning summer edition:
In the US, this week marked the 52nd week that Eleanor has spent in the New York Times bestseller list. That is one year in the official US charts. This week it’s at No. 8 on the Fiction list, having sold more than one million copies across all formats.
And that’s not all. Last week it was announced that Eleanor Oliphant has been shortlisted for the Comedy Women in Print Award, a prestigious award founded by award winning comedian, Helen Lederer. The winners will be announced on 10th July this year and the shortlist includes Balli Kaur Jaswal, Laura Steven, Asia Mackay and Gill Sims.
This continues on from a stunning year in 2018 during which 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.
To date, Eleanor Oliphant has been sold into 43 territories and is a bestseller in Ireland, Australia, Italy, Portugal, Finland and France.
The 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, esteemed writer of the Stephen Spielberg film, The Post. Reese herself is said to want to star as Eleanor.
Gail was in London on Tuesday night for the Women’s Prize for Fiction panel event. She was in conversation with Kate Mosse, Felicity Blunt, Sharmaine Lovegrove, and Emma Rowley, who were all sharing their personal road into publishing, and talking about a debut novel they love.
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