Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

By Gail Honeyman

  • Release Date: 2017-05-18
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 35 Ratings

Description

‘Funny, touching and unpredictable’ Jojo Moyes

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live

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?

‘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

Reviews

‘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

‘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 of childhood trauma 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

‘Dark, funny and brave’ Ali Land

‘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

‘Hilarious and moving’ PEOPLE

‘Satisfyingly quirky’ NEW YORK TIMES

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.

Reviews

  • Average at best

    2
    By Charlie is 1234678910
    I was recommended this. It's not bad but it's not new or refreshing or particularly funny. If anything it's a bit irritating and old hat. If I had read it 30 years ago I would have found it amusing. A poor mans Bridget Jones. I gave it a go till the 6th chapter and now want my money back.
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    5
    By N3069
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  • Gail Honeyman’s story telling and characterisation are at the very least sublime.

    5
    By RelentlessEliza
    I’ve been taken by Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine from the moment I first came across it’s synopsis. It’s a novel that has captured my complete and utter attention from it’s first page to it’s very last, and I can honestly say, I will miss Eleanor sorely now it’s over. When we’re first introduced to Eleanor, it would be a fair statement to make in saying her life is nothing short of mundane. In a world of isolation; regimented routine and structure are a comfort to her. She is a very unique individual and it quickly transpires her behaviours reach far beyond the realm of being labelled “quirks” A day that begins like any other is interrupted by an incident that would become an coming of age story for our Eleanor. I became her protector and her champion, and felt everyone of her emotions alongside her. Peeling back the layers revealed an astute woman with a devilish sense of humour, who like all of us wants to find her place in the world. Gail Honeyman’s story telling and characterisation are at the very least sublime. Her ability to convey Eleanor and her experiences were at times simply breath taking. She quite literally brings to life the character of Eleanor Oliphant and I’m filled with absolute elation to have been lucky enough to have met her.
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