Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Debut Sunday Times Bestseller and Costa First Novel Book Award winner 2017
by Gail Honeyman
Pub Date 18 May 2017
The Sunday Times bestseller
Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon‘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
‘Like a contemporary Jane Eyre, Gail Honeyman's Eleanor Oliphant is a woman scarred by profound loneliness, and the shadow of a harrowing childhood she can't even bear to remember. Bit by bit, and with extraordinary courage, however, Eleanor begins peeling the layers of protective numbness, letting others near for the first time, and reaching for the life she hasn't believed she deserves. Deft, compassionate and deeply moving – Honeyman's debut will have you rooting for Eleanor with every turning page. I loved this story’ Paula McClain, The Paris Wife
‘I loved this book. I was sucked in right away to her solo life, I cared about her past and I had hopes for her future. The language was so funny, it gripped me and I even found myself talking in Eleanor's tone at times.
I fell in love with this old fashioned women living in this modern world. There was such sensitivity towards her experiences, by the end I just wanted Eleanor to be absolutely fine.’ Dawn O’Porter, The Cows
‘I loved this novel. Honeyman's light touch draws you into Eleanor's funny, brave, and, at times, utterly devastating world. A story about the very worst and very best that humans are capable of, it somehow makes you laugh out loud whilst building a creeping sense of dread, and leaves you reeling at its spectacular twist. A truly impressive debut.’ Eleanor Wasserberg, Foxlowe
‘At times dark and poignant, at others bright and blissfully funny, Eleanor Oliphant is such an accomplished, wide-ranging novel. It's a story about loneliness and friendship, and it's also a careful study of abuse, buried grief and resilience. This is truly a debut to treasure.’ 'Warm and funny, moving and deeply original, Eleanor Oliphant is completely marvellous.' 'Tragic, comic and utterly charming.'
Gavin Extence, The Universe Versus Alex Woods
(*)‘So powerful - I completely loved ELEANOR OLIPHANT' Fiona Barton, The Widow
(*)‘Skilled, perceptive, Eleanor's world will feel familiar to you from the very first page. An outstanding debut!’
Jo Cannon, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
(*)‘One of the most eagerly anticipated debuts of 2017… heartbreaking’ Bryony Gordon, Mad Girl
‘Eleanor Oliphant is delightful, dark and moving. In Eleanor we have a Bridget Jones in need of psychiatric help who in turns made me shiver, laugh and cry. Far more than completely fine, this is a uniquely brilliant, totally engaging novel that I read in one sitting. I can only really sum it up with three words - A MUST READ!’
Sarah Pinborough, Behind Her Eyes
‘Gail Honeyman has found true heart in the satisfyingly bolshy Eleanor Oliphant’
James Hannah, The A-Z of You and Me
‘A truly original voice and so good on loneliness: I sobbed and sobbed’
Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Last Acts of Love
(*)‘Warm, quirky and fun with a real poignancy underneath. Eleanor is a wonderful, vulnerable, strong character – I just fell in love with her’
Julie Cohen, Falling
(*)‘A stunning debut! I absolutely adored it! Laughed, wept & reflected’
Lucy Clarke, The Sea Sisters
‘I finished this last night and it's the best adult book I've read in ages. I truly adored it. It deserves to be totally huge!’
Holly Bourne, Am I Normal Yet?
‘An incredible, warm-hearted thrill’
Jennifer Ryan, The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir
‘Delicious characterisation - a triumph!’
Fionnuala Kearney, The Day I Lost You
'Dark, funny and brave. I loved being with Eleanor as she found her voice.'
Ali Land, Good Me Bad Me
‘Honeyman's debut is a stunner, as buoyant and charming as it is heartwrenching and emotionally sophisticated. Poor Eleanor Oliphant--often clueless, at times maddening, but always fascinating--walks right off the page and into the reader's heart. Not only is Eleanor Oliphant completely fine, she's revelation.’
Jonathan Evison, This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance
‘Moving, hilarious, and intriguing, just like its unique, anti-social, anti-heroine. You will fall in love with Eleanor Oliphant’
J. Ryan Stradal, Kitchens of the Great Midwest
‘An absolute joy, laugh-out-loud funny but deeply moving’