Book of the Month: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Gail Honeyman's award winning debut novel is about loneliness, friendship and the extraordinary world of Eleanor Oliphant
About the book
Our first book of the year has sold to over 30 countries, was snapped up for a film by Reese Witherspoon within days of publication and has recently won the Costa First Book Award – not bad for a debut from an author who became a full-time author in her 40s. So why has the book created such a buzz and does it live up to it’s hype? We believe it does. It’s a unique and life-affirming book that perfectly depicts the loneliness of life and the power of kindness, seamlessly mixing pathos with laughter and drawing the reader into the strange and extraordinary world of the narrator, Eleanor Oliphant.
About the author
Gail Honeyman wrote her debut at same time as holding down a full-time job, fitting writing into early mornings, evenings, weekends and holidays. While it was still a work-in-progress, she won the Scottish Book Trust’s Next Chapter Award, which included a writing retreat at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre – an opportunity to spend uninterrupted time working on the book. She lives in Glasgow.
Gail says: “I'm absolutely thrilled that Mumsnet has chosen Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine for this month's book club. Looking forward to discussing it with you later in the month”
What our bloggers thought
“Gail Honeyman draws in the reader in such a way that when you finish that final page, you are left feeling as though you have said goodbye to an old friend.”
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