Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Named a New York Times 2017 "Books to Breeze Through This Summer"
Winner of the 2018 Costa First Novel Award
Longlisted for the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction
No one's ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding unnecessary human contact, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.
But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen, the three rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. Ultimately, it is Raymond's big heart that will help Eleanor find the way to repairing her own profoundly damaged one. And if she does, she'll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship--and even love--after all.
Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes the only way to survive is to open your heart.
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.