Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Fantastic!
I'd heard so many great reviews for Eleanor Oliphant before reading it that I was slightly worried I was placing too much pressure on it to live up to its... READ MORE
Helen at Scarborough
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Honest, funny, and sad all at once...
I rarely finish a book in two sittings but I couldn't put this one down. 'Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine' is a warm and witty story of loneliness, abo... READ MORE
Gem - Wigan
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
I dare you not to fall in love with Eleanor Oliphant
I just adored everything about this book. A beautiful story about loneliness and the power of what a little kindness can do. I laughed, I cried and above e... READ MORE
Hannah Kate at Liverpool One
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Best book I've read in a LONG time!
Wow. I loved this book. I genuinely laughed and cried. It's a bittersweet, moving, beautiful book. I absolutely fell in love with all the characters, but... READ MORE
Alex at Horsham
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
A must read for everyone!!
I truly loved this book. I was hooked within the first few pages. I couldn't put it down, I simply had to finish it. Eleanor at first seems like quite a bo... READ MORE
Kirsty@Scarborough
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
A quirky and wonderful, utter delight of a read!
What an absorbing, disturbing and beautiful book. My heart broke for Eleanor, year she filled me with such hope. She was genuinely hilarious at times, her ... READ MORE
Angie Groves at Blackpool
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Deserves the praise it gets
Helmed by an unconventional protagonist, this poignant novel was equal parts cringe-inducing, heart-shattering and (thankfully) uplifting. It highlighted t... READ MORE
Sophie at Windsor

Synopsis

When people ask me what I do – taxi drivers, dental hygienists – I tell them I work in an office. In almost nine years, no one’s ever asked what kind of office, or what sort of job I do there. I can’t decide whether that’s because I fit perfectly with their idea of what an office worker looks like, or whether people hear the phrase work in an office and automatically fill in the blanks themselves – lady doing photocopying, man tapping at keyboard.

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live

She 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 - whilst 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?

Widely hailed as the fiction debut of 2017, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a triumph of deft observation of everyday life. By turns laugh-aloud funny and deeply poignant, it is a book that champions everyday courage and the importance of friendship in a world where people are increasingly isolated. Challenging the stigmas that exist around loneliness in contemporary society, it is a gentle reminder of those we too easily overlook and how a life can be changed by small acts of kindness.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780008172145
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 350g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 30 mm

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Quite impressed reading about Eleanor Oliphant
Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life working in an office Monday to Friday. She thirty years old and had been working at her office job since she was twent... READ MORE
Bookread2day
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Heartbreaking and laugh out loud, superb
An absolutely amazing book, congratulations to Gail Honeyman for a most fantastic debut novel. The reader is so captivated by Eleanor and so drawn into her... READ MORE
sandyhutch
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Yes, it’s as good as everyone says...
Yes, it’s as good as everyone says and deserves its many awards and praise. Eleanor Oliphant is a unique, likeable and ‘flawed’ character. The point is not... READ MORE
Rhi Williams
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
The character we all wanted to read about
This book was everything I wanted to read and more. The author has shown loneliness in such an interesting and understanding way. It was great to see the j... READ MORE
Rebecca Lowe
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
A remarkable book
This is not a book I would normally read but am most certainly glad I did and by so doing made the acquaintance of the eloquent Eleanor Oliphant. The story... READ MORE
Rob
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Takes a while to get into
It took a while to get into, but after a while it was a good read, you feel how she feels in every moment and I felt so many emotions for her after I read ... READ MORE
Paris Jackson
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
dissapointed
Having read so many good reviews and impressed readers I decided to read. An easy read and in parts enjoyable but did not warm to the character and would ... READ MORE
Scout
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
A strong, intriguing narrative voice and a look into grief, loneliness, and depression from a very interesting angle. Beautiful.
This was actually a rec from my mum, but you know what? She smashed it. I adored this book, Eleanor’s narrative voice is incredibly strong, witty, funny,... READ MORE
Imogen McDonnell
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Eleanor oliphant is completely fine
One great book to read
Alison carroll
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Starting the journey with kindness
A wonderful, affirmative and thought provoking book. Eleanor starts the journey from being alone to being part of the world on her terms. Being lonely is n... READ MORE
Jennifer Garbett
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Brilliant!
I loved this book - made me laugh and cry. An important message about loneliness and the power of kindness.
Amanda Jones
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Entertaining
I loved this book. Twisting and real. There's hope for everybody if guven a chance!
Ilaria
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Perfectly fine!
This is what my mum would call a "Gem book", because she would pick it up, read the blurb and immediately know I would love it and buy it for me. And as us... READ MORE
@gemlovesbooks
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
A remarkable book
This is not a book I would normally read but am most certainly glad I did and by so doing made the acquaintance of the eloquent Eleanor Oliphant. The story... READ MORE
Rob
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Elanor oliphant is completely fine
This book is a really good read and it is a well written book for a first time author. This is hugely enjoyable and i recommend this book to all readers. I... READ MORE
Alison carroll
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Eleanor oliphant is completely fine
This us a funny up-lifting story about a modern woman getting on with her day to day life . the story is brilliant because this is the first ever book. Fr... READ MORE
Alison carroll
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
I'm waiting for the next book!!
I loved this book, it was desperately sad, really funny, and surprising, all in a few pages!! I've pre-ordered Gail Honeyman's next book on the strength ... READ MORE
Lesley Beach
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Loved it!
What a book! I adored the brutal honesty of Eleanor, the way she sees the world is very refreshing and definetly thought provoking. Seeing her character de... READ MORE
Kaye Lay
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
4.5 stars
I'm a bit late to this party, but I finally read it! It was released a while ago now, and I've been trying to get it finished for some time, but ... READ MORE
Eleanor Luhar
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Telling observation of the human condition
Beautifully written account of the impact of childhood abuse on adult survival . Coping with loneliness , struggling to make a relationship and suicide are... READ MORE
Michael Cohen
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Yessssss
This book was AMAZING. Seriously one of my favourite books of all time.
Millie Candice
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Eleanor Oliphant
Beautifully crafted = greatly enjoyed it
Jenny McCallum
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Didn't want the book to end.
This book was truely amazing, the gripping story kept me wanting to carry on reading and not wanting it to end. The story went places I never thought it wo... READ MORE
Faith Salmon
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Absolutely Amazing
Highly highly HIGHLY recommend!!!
Bess Langford
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Couldn’t put it down!
This was a recommendation from a bookseller in the Waterstones at Trafalgar Square... we got talking about another book I had bought and he recommended thi... READ MORE
Racheldoodle23
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Disappointed with this novel!
After reading so many good reviews in the media, I bought this novel out of curiosity and read it in 2 days. I found it very hard to like Eleanor, her beha... READ MORE
Evelyn Hong
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Eleanor Oliphant is far from fine...
Apparently 'Oliphant' was a character in an Agatha Christie novel, not that I can find it. 'Eleanor Oliphant...' is a wonderful boo,k which I read in two... READ MORE
Duncan Poundcake
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Love Elinor
Love this book. Beautifully written and such lovely characterisation. Darker themes underlying a thoroughly readable story, all through the eyes of Elinor.... READ MORE
Jo Day
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Excellent book I will read it again and again
A lovely warming book. Your heart goes out to Eleanor, she is so human you can almost touch her. Ms Honeyman has set herself a huge task if she wants to to... READ MORE
Penny Carey
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Unexpectedly disturbing and brilliant
Comparisons have been made with Bridget Jones but that is to miss the point completely. Marian Keyes’ characters might be closer but, to be honest, Eleanor... READ MORE
letihawthorn
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Love!
Loved this book and the characters! Touches upon loneliness and mental health !
Monica  Pope
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Elinor Oliphant is completely fine
Wonderfully written, I loved this book it had homour, pathos, gravitas, a simple premise that really unpicked the issue and became totally absorbing.
MelB
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
LOVED IT!
I could not recommend this book any more, easily one of the best books I've ever read. Could not put it down!
Maddison Chapman
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Breathtaking
What an outstanding book! I literally couldn't put this book down, from page one it sucked me in with the superb writing, fascinating character and grippin... READ MORE
Yasmina Maslen
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Quirky, funny and warm.
Eleanor is such a quirky but lovable character. This is the sort of book you miss as soon as you stop reading it.
O.M.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Quirky Character
Really enjoyed the way you were teased and pretty much told what the out come was going to be, so much that I was anticipating a brilliant twist at the end... READ MORE
Chris Lee
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
An unusual but gripping read
I happened upon this book whilst shopping in waterstones, I’m pleased I did! It was recommended to me by the lady serving at the counter, I don’t usually m... READ MORE
Vicki
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Excellent read!
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, I didn’t want to put it down.
Vivienne Hanmer
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Loved it big time
I absolutely loved it! It gives a great insight on mental health issues and it is just delightful. Really well written.
Paola Girani
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
A Weird World Indeed
Of course Eleanor is not fine and we can see it from the very first lines of the book. There are probably two reactions readers have when entering Eleanor'... READ MORE
BenjaminPXR5
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
I loved this one!
I listened to this book way back in January and loved everything about it! The narrator got me hooked from the beginning and the twist was not predictable.... READ MORE
Kazia Terry
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Witty, poignant and everything in between
How often do we all say that - I'm fine!' - no-one wants to hear otherwise .... and Eleanor Oliphant thinks she is fine - content with her life - but Elean... READ MORE
Dana Farren
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Mind-Stoppingly brilliant
A book that ingeniously combines humour and tragedy into one beautiful mess. Loved every page.
Lauren Sillitoe
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Eleanor Oliphant is Delightfully Charming
I found this to be quite an engrossing read. The protagonist is someone I felt sorry for quite easily, given her background - my heart went out to her and ... READ MORE
Isla Scott
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Funny, heart-wrenching, and original.
A fantastic debut. Wonderfully distinctive voice. FIVE STARS.
Steve Wilson
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Hated it; will put straight into the charity shop bag
Loathed this book but finished it as part of my Book Club. Could not wait to get it over and done with. Utter drivel. Twist ending was so obvious it was pa... READ MORE
SARAH27
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
This made me want to meet Eleanor!
A hallowing yet rewarding read of someone who does not quite understand the norms of the social world. A troubled past and new beginnings. Charming, funny,... READ MORE
Emma
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Eleanor Oliphant
I absolutely loved this book! Thought Eleanor was slightly strange at first and then realized she was a little bit me and then a lot me! I loved her and ... READ MORE
Kellie Saxon-Travis
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
A must read
Couldn't put this book down. I found myself routing for Eleanor and loved her transformation. This book shows the importance of friendships and the power o... READ MORE
Kate Cameron
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine
I loved this book - the best I have read this year. She is so honest & unique - a wonderful character
Priscilla Hassard
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
I love this book
So, now I am sure I have achieved my goal of being the last English-speaking person in the western world to read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, I tho... READ MORE
Julie Morris
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
fab
fab
Clare Henley
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
A beautiful book
This novel is full of lots of little laugh out loud moments, whilst being poignant and utterly charming. I can heartily recommend.
Michael Fisher
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Page turner!
Great book, totally a page turner! We can all find a bit of ourselves in the main character.
Ralitsa Tabakova
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Loved it.
Well written and thought provoking.
Tansy
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Could not put it down...
I was a bit apprehensive when starting this book, though it was so good. I couldn't put it down.
Daniella
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Just Brilliant!
What an incredible story! When I started reading I was a bit unsure I would like it but after a few pages I was gripped and couldn’t put it down. I wanted ... READ MORE
Emma Hurst
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Life-affirming
This is a lovely book. The characters are so well drawn, that you’re rooting for the protagonists from really early on. Gives hope to nerds and oddballs!
Jacqueline  Conway
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Contemporary/Fiction
“If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE. You are not meant to say that you cried yourself to sleep last night because you hadn’t spoke ... READ MORE
GeorgiLvsBooks
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Eleanor oliphant is completely fine
One excellent book that i would give 5 stars too.
Alison carroll
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Totally didn't work for me
I’m shocked by how little enjoyment this book brought to my brain and heart considering it’s high ratings/review. I was completely underwhelmed by the stor... READ MORE
Micky - bookphenomena
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Missed opportunities
I have to say that after all the word of mouth adulation of this book, I was a little disappointed. The premise of a young, single woman who lives alone, ... READ MORE
Juliet Bailey
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
A brutally honest and unintentionally funny story of a woman
Rarely has a novel told completely from the viewpoint of the major character has been so revealing. Eleanor leaves out no details, or at least in her eyes.... READ MORE
Sarah
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Heartbreaking
Shows you the effects of child abuse years later and how it consumes her as a person no matter what she does! Brings into context how difficult it is to f... READ MORE
Caron Fon
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Amazing!
Hooked right until the very end. Written incredibly, so moving.
Fay Walker
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Best book I have ever read!
I have just finished reading this book and I had to do a review! What an amazing read honestly would recommend anyone to read! I don’t often read a lot b... READ MORE
Ellie Clappison
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Excellent with twists
A great summer read. Strong story line so not a chic lit book.
Anne-Marie chatterton
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Just okay.
Although not the worst book I have ever read, I felt it lacked a punch! I was excited to get this book after reading all of the reviews but it didn’t live ... READ MORE
Charlotte
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Uplifting
One of the most uplifting books I have ever read. Brings back the faith in humanity. Simply wonderful.
MartaB_Psy
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Eleanor Oliphant is Beautiful
This book was passed to me by a colleague. I could not put it down. Eleanor is beautifully and honestly written. I would love Eleanor to be in my life bein... READ MORE
Paul McCarthy
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
A truly wonderful read
I had heard good things about this book so decided to read it myself. I was not overly impressed at first, but soon came to warm to the character. It was b... READ MORE
Claire Green
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
A heavy yet somehow humorous debut novel
I was so, totally, completely not ready for the emotions this book made me feel! This is a book about a woman, Eleanor Oliphant, who clearly struggles with... READ MORE
Kate Louise
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Wonderful
I absolutely loved this book, which is both heartbreakingly sad and incredibly funny.
kendrafortune
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
100% a must read
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine... A very enjoyable read.  It has everything you need - it's got a good story line, amazing main characters and in my o... READ MORE
Sam
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
A must-read!
I sort of picked this up on a whim. I'd read that it was heartwarming and was in the mood for a happy story. This novel was not that, but it also very much... READ MORE
David Johannes
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
I was expecting more
This was the choice for my work book club. I had big expectations for this book. I read the reviews, and I remember when the book came out. This was on ... READ MORE
Ana Bastos
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Ok
Good book, worth reading once
Laura JH
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
A heavy yet refreshing experience
Absolutely phenomenal from start to finish. Eleanor is such an endearing character and I adore her friendship with Raymond. The best book I have read this ... READ MORE
MaryEllen Sugden
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
the only book i have managed to read in my adult years!!!
I decided i wanted to take up reading, i was recommended this book by a friend, as i have struggled to stay focused and interested in books. I read the wh... READ MORE
lucy weir
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
A delightfully uplifting read
Eleanor Oliphant is a bit of an oddball. She doesn't fit in with her work colleagues and has no social life. She lives for the weekends, at home by herself... READ MORE
Barnsey's Books
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Don't fear the dark corners
It is hard to believe that this is a debut novel; one can only imagine that the author loved and cherished Eleanor, and in no time you will too. Like with... READ MORE
Kay Colquhoun
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
This book got me back into reading!
I had always been an avid reader since childhood. Then life circumstances made it impossible for me to get back 'into' reading for pleasure. Then a work ... READ MORE
Karen
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
A novel of very British difference
This is a novel of loneliness and difference and feels very pertinent at this time when loneliness has become an epidemic, a surprising spike among younger... READ MORE
TripFiction
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Amazing!!
Woth each page that I turned I couldn't wait to find out more! I was hooked from page one, Eleanor is a fantastic character to which I can somewhat relate ... READ MORE
Claire McCulloch
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Adored this book
Funny, poignant, sad, full of kind people and the change that quality brings. Best book in a long time, for me. Can’t recommend it strongly enough.
Maureen Chapman
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
A milestone
I never write reviews, but I had to for this book. Eleanor Oliphant is a character who I couldn't help but love. I'd 10/10 recommend this book to anyone an... READ MORE
Laura
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Worth the read
As a stressed out sixth-former, I needed something to temporarily take my mind off my work in order to relax. I'll admit that it was a little boring at fir... READ MORE
Heavenly_Ray
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Unexpectedly fantastic
After being steered toward this book by a Waterstones member of staff, I thought I would try it although not my usual style of book (however I do enjoy man... READ MORE
Michele Wallis
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
A very important story.
I am not a quick reader, so the fact that I finished this book in less than a week says it all! A story about mental health, bottling in emotions and hi... READ MORE
Mollie Jones
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ
I have just finished reading this book and I had to do a review! What an amazing read honestly would recommend anyone to read! I don’t often read a lot b... READ MORE
Ellie Clappison
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman
I really enjoyed this moving, touching story written with candour, darkness, hope, kindness, and lots of humour. This was much like reading the story of a... READ MORE
Elinor Hurst
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
i read this book during quarantine and i am not a person who reads a lot but this is a really good and more people should read and the character is very in... READ MORE
Gurvinderjeet Kaur
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Humble Read
With the title it has, I was expecting great things. Not quite as gripping as its reviews suggest, although the non filtered character of Eleanor is such a... READ MORE
Laura

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