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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Author: Gail Honeyman
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With a title so emphatically sure of itself, you know that something is up and you are curious to find out what. Gail Honeyman’s debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, draws you in immediately. You meet Eleanor - an unusual woman in her thirties who lives alone works in an office (the same place she’s been since she finished university), and follows her own particular set of rules which result in an austere, simple life devoid of indulgence or frivolities, friends or family. As we travel alongside Eleanor, some peculiarities come to our attention: she drinks cheap vodka from Friday night until work on Monday and has a weekly call from Mummy on a Wednesday - an event that fills her with increasing discomfort. What starts as a quirky, amusing tale about an oddity becomes more endearing as Eleanor Oliphant becomes besotted with a musician, someone the reader sees clearly for what he is, but poor Eleanor is blind to. Yet this obsession is the making of her: as she plans her fantasy relationship she inadvertently becomes connected with the world around her. This is helped by a coincidental incident where she, along with her workmate Raymond, help an elderly man who has collapsed in the street. This incident leads to a budding friendship with Raymond, an unusual situation for Eleanor, who has never had a friend. As the story goes along, we begin to build a clearer picture of our heroine. Her childhood in foster homes, her contact with social workers, and her horrendous mother. The first part of this novel is called Good Days and we sense that Eleanor is running from something, living in a bubble to protect herself from a past that is haunting her. Honeyman keeps the tone light in this part, with gags, most visited upon and by Eleanor with her odd behaviour and often inappropriate remarks. The final third is the Bad Days, where Eleanor’s fantasy world has crumbled and the influence of Mummy looks as if it might destroy her. But Eleanor Oliphant (not her real name) is made of sterner stuff and while the reveal at the end is a shocker, this novel is ultimately a charmer (even when dealing with the damaging consequences of a disturbing childhood) which embraces the life-affirming power of friendship and care.




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?




'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

Author description

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.

Stock Information

General Fields

  • : 9780008172121
  • : HarperCollins Publishers
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • : February 2016
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : June 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 617
  • : English
  • : 813
  • : 400
  • : Gail Honeyman