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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine : Debut Sunday Times Bestseller and Costa First Novel Book Award Winner 2017 - Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Debut Sunday Times Bestseller and Costa First Novel Book Award Winner 2017

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Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.

One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.

Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine?

About the Author

While Gail Honeyman was writing her debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, it was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work in progress. It has subsequently sold to almost thirty territories worldwide, and it was chosen as one of the Observer's Debuts of the Year for 2017. Gail was also awarded the Scottish Book Trust's Next Chapter Award in 2014, and has been longlisted for BBC Radio 4's Opening Lines and shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. She lives in Glasgow.

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Sheer delight

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Eleanor is a most engaging character. The author has achieved wit and pathos in equal measure without sentimentality. I will read it again, not something I usually do. Highly recommended.

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A lovely read

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This is a lovely book, really easy to read and very hard to put down. I was hooked on Eleanor immediately, and her story was shared without drama despite her many challenges.

Australia

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I felt sad, touched and happy a great read.

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A finely written book, brought forward an important topic.

Australia

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brilliant debut novel

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the first novel by British author, Gail Honeyman. At thirty years of age, and despite her degree in Classics, Eleanor Oliphant has worked a mundane office job in By Design, a graphic design company in Glasgow for nine years. She has no friends and the people she works with find her strange. But her life is well organised: completely fine, in her opinion, needing nothing. Until, that is, she casts eyes on musician Johnnie Lomond. Eleanor sets out to attract the love of her life, undergoing several preparatory procedures to ready herself for a potential encounter (waxing, hair, nails, make-up), as well as acquiring the electronic means to do some research on the object of her attention. She is distracted from her task by Raymond Gibbons, the firm's (rather slovenly) IT consultant, who ropes her into helping an old man who has fallen in the street. Eleanor is sure he's drunk but "...Even alcoholics deserve help, I suppose, although they should get drunk at home, like I do, so that they don't cause anyone else any trouble. But then, not everyone is as sensible and considerate as me." Honeyman gives the reader a moving tale that includes a good dose of humour. Eleanor is a complex character: socially inept but generally unaware of it, often remarking on the lack of manners that others display: "'You don't look like a social worker,' I said. She stared at me but said nothing. Not again! In every walk of life, I encounter people with underdeveloped social skills with alarming frequency. Why is it that client-facing jobs hold such allure for misanthropes..." Yet Eleanor is often insightful, although she can also be naïve: "After all, how hard could it be? ... If I could perform scansion on the Aeneid, if I could build a macro in an Excel spreadsheet, if I could spend the last nine birthdays and Christmases and New Year's Eves alone, then I'm sure I could manage to organize a delightful festive lunch for thirty people on a budget of ten p

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`A truly original literary creation: funny, touching and unpredictable. Her journey out of the shadows is expertly woven and absolutely gripping' Jojo Moyes

`Unforgettable, brilliant, funny and life-affirming' Wendy Holden, DAILY MAIL

`Original [and] unexpectedly funny' SUNDAY TIMES

`An outstanding debut about loneliness and the power of a little kindness' MAIL ON SUNDAY

`Heartbreaking and heartwarming' STYLIST

`Brave, smart and funny... the most refreshing and heartwarming debut I've read in some time' YORKSHIRE POST

`A narrative full of quiet warmth and deep and unspoken sadness... Wonderful and joyful' Jenny Colgan, GUARDIAN

`Moving, funny and devastating' THE HERALD

`Heartwrenching and wonderful' Nina Stibbe

`Deft, compassionate and moving' Paula McLain

`I adored it. Skilled, perceptive, Eleanor's world will feel familiar to you from the very first page. An outstanding debut!' Joanna Cannon

`A truly original voice and so good on loneliness: I sobbed and sobbed' Cathy Rentzenbrink

`Hugely original, a funny and sad tale of a survivor who tackles the challenges of emotional reconnection with grave courage. Unmissable.' SUNDAY EXPRESS

`Quirky, witty and absorbing' HEAT

`Warm and funny, moving and deeply original, Eleanor Oliphant is completely marvellous' Gavin Extence

`A beautiful and delicate balance between funny and heartbreaking... restores your faith in humanity' RED

`You'll laugh and cry reading this fine debut' PRIMA

`Impeccable' Dawn O'Porter

`So powerful - I completely loved Eleanor Oliphant' Fiona Barton

`Heartbreaking' Bryony Gordon

`Delightful, dark and moving' Sarah Pinborough

`Warm, quirky and fun, with a real poignancy underneath' Julie Cohen

`A stunning debut! I laughed, wept and reflected' Lucy Clarke

`As perceptive and wise as it is funny and endearing... Warm, funny and thought-provoking' OBSERVER

`An absolute joy, laugh-out-loud funny but deeply moving' DAILY EXPRESS

`Satisfyingly quirky' NEW YORK TIMES

ISBN: 9780008172121
ISBN-10: 0008172129
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st June 2017
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.49

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