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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman


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?


Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine - yes, I think she actually is...

At first I thought Eleanor was on the autistic spectrum, but as the story unfolded i became less certain, though the way she looks at life and the way she acts still made me suspect.

Eleanor has a secret - one that she keeps even from herself, and as she begins to explore more of the social world around her, the walls she has erected to keep that secret in, begin to crumble. The author did a masterful job of leading up to the final reveal, and I was so hooked from the first word that I inhaled the story in one thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

About the Author

Gail Honeyman’s debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, won the Costa First Novel Award 2017, and has been longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Desmond Elliott Prize.

As a work in progress, it was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize. Since publication, translation rights have sold to over thirty territories worldwide, Reese Witherspoon has optioned it for film 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.

Gail lives in Glasgow.

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