Author(s): 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?
COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD WINNER 2017
'A truly original literary creation: funny, touching and unpredictable. Her journey out of the shadows is expertly woven and absolutely gripping' Jojo Moyes
'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
'Warm and funny, moving and deeply original, Eleanor Oliphant is completely marvellous' Gavin Extence
'I fell in love with this old fashioned women living in the modern world... 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, THE SEA SISTERS
'Dark, funny and brave' Ali Land, GOOD ME BAD ME
'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
Inspired by classic heroines of 19th century literature, Gail Honeyman was writing her debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, when the opening chapters were shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work in progress. She has also been awarded the Scottish Book Trust's Next Chapter Award 2014, and was longlisted for BBC Radio 4's Opening Lines, and shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. Gail lives in Glasgow.