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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

Paperback Published: 19th March 2018
ISBN: 9780008172145
Number Of Pages: 400

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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?

An astonishing story that powerfully depicts the loneliness of life, and the simple power of a little kindness

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.

Industry Reviews

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

`Original [and] unexpectedly funny' SUNDAY TIMES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

`Heartbreaking' Bryony Gordon

`Deft, compassionate and moving' Paula McLain

`Heartwrenching and wonderful' Nina Stibbe

`Heartbreaking and heartwarming' STYLIST

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

`Moving, funny and devastating' THE HERALD

`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

`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

`Satisfyingly quirky' NEW YORK TIMES

A very moving read


It was very difficult to get into this book, as it was very confronting, and emootionally challenging. However it was well worth the read.



Quirky and interesting


A quirky and interesting book. It deals primarily with grief, loss, and loneliness, but does it in a way that's not dark, nor is it disrespectful to the issues. It's thought-provoking and punctuated with the occasional laugh-out-loud moments. The main protagonist is intriguing - the sort of character you spend most of the book trying to understand. It also had me reaching for my dictionary regularly - whether that's a good thing or bad, I'll leave to your judgement.



Highly recommended


Excellent read - well written with a different story to tell - you really could relate to the characters



Excellent service.


Good book.


Absolutely wonderful!


I had to hold myself back from zooming through. A glorious story that shows how powerful simple acts of care and kindness can lead to transformation



Favourite book of the year


This book made me laugh one moment and cry the next. A beautifully written story of a beloved character, Eleanor. Absolutely loved it and I would read it again.



Beautifully Different


This book is quite unlike any I have ever read before. It is both heartbreaking and heart warming; whilst being raw. It illustrates that the simple small things in life are really what matters. It's a nice change to see a book about someone who is both abnormal and abnormally normal all at once. It Illustrates that everyone is uniquely different and no less worthy of our kindness; but also shows a harsh reality of people's judgement. Eleanor is the same person inside no matter what the outside appearance. A very valuable lesson that makes you look more critically at your own behaviors and judgements.



Read this in two days


Loved this, I was engaged from page 1 and couldn't put it down, finished the whole book in 2 days



Refreshing and just so totally Fine


This book is lovely. There is a normality about the characters. The heroine doesn't lead a traditionally recognised, blessed life. The characters are however blessed in there own lights.



A Treasure


I so enjoyed this book. It wasn't one of my general genre but something about the synopsis peaked my interest. I'm glad it did. It is heartwarming, a gentle description of life unfolding like a caterpillar to a butterfly and just everyday things that go on. One interesting thing and maybe it says more about me - but my mind picture of Eleanor was of a dumpy frump as most of the descriptions were about her clothes but about the only physical description is of a tally willowy person. yes probably does say more about me! I'm actually looking forward to reading this book again as I'm sure there are things I have missed.



Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

4.5 35


ISBN: 9780008172145
ISBN-10: 0008172145
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 19th March 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.35