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?
Praise from the Desmond Elliott Prize
“A coming to life rather than a coming of age, this neat twist on a classic novel form. Miss Oliphant, an admirer, would be proud to find such as Miss Austen among her forebears; indeed, Eleanor turns out to be quite the beacon for moral and spiritual transformation in the manner of Emma Woodhouse. Her charms may emerge less gracefully, by Velcro’ed brogue not barouche-landau, but are no less enduring. Honeyman resists the temptation to make over her heroine. She realises, as we do, that Eleanor is already fledged. All she has to do is realise it fully. A woman badly done by whom we learn to like supremely well.”
About the Author
As a work in progress, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine 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.