Gail Honeyman


An author from Glasgow and the recipient of Scottish Book Trust’s Next Chapter Award 2014, Gail Honeyman ‘s short fiction has been longlisted for BBC Radio 4’s Opening Lines, shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and published in New Writing Scotland.


The opening of her debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2014. It was published by HarperCollins / HarperFiction and Penguin Random House / Viking / Pam Dorman Books in May 2017, becoming an instant Sunday Times bestseller and has also been optioned for film by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine.


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

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.


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

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

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

Quirky, witty and absorbing


Unforgettable, brilliant, funny & life-affirming

The Daily Mail

A warm, funny and thought-provoking story

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

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 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

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

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

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

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