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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (Paperback)

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Winner of the Costa First Novel Award.

'Funny, touching and unpredictable' Jojo Moyes

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? An astonishing story that powerfully depicts the loneliness of life, and the simple power of a little kindness

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication Date: 25/01/2018 ISBN-13: 9780008172145  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Gail Honeyman's debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, won the Costa First Novel Award 2017, the British Book Awards Book of the Year and the Specsavers National Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year. 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.

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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. The reader, however, is left to ask the questions that she does not address in this careful account of her life, the major questions of why she is so obsessive, so repetitive, so busy living on her own in every sense. The famous twists, the revelations about how she has got to this point - nine years of working in an office, rarely having conversations beyond the tasks in front of her, attending so few social events that she can break them down into minute by minute expreiences. Buying only necessary food from a small Tesco, drinking exactly two bottles of vodka every weekend, which she spends strictly alone. Few distractions beyond a daily crossword. A single plant which has survived. Second hand furniture. Clothed for comfort with no regard for age or style. Some of the quotes from this book are just too painful, but one sums up this desperately honest book “I simply didn’t know how to make things better. I could not solve the problem of me”. This powerful tale of a woman who discovers so much about herself and life is a disturbing picture of contemporary life in many ways, but profoundly and beautifully written. This is a book which opens with statements concerning Eleanor’s life. She says things which take the reader by surprise, such as casually remarking on the obvious injuries she had when she had her job interview. The interruptions from her mother on a Wednesday evening reveal hints of the past and a bitter nasty person who has obviously had a negative effect on Eleanor’s life. Eleanor begins to explore other elements of life, often because of her obsession with “the musician”. She also becomes involved in visiting an elderly man when she assists him after he collapses in front of her and Raymond from her office. She jointly cares with Raymond for the old man in a surprisingly positive development, and in doing so is forced out of her normal way of life, being exposed to new friendships of a type. Things seem to be improving, but Eleanor will have “Bad Days” as well as “Good Days”. This book is an honest look at her life, and some of Eleanor’s issues will be amusing and always compelling. Her favourite book is apparently “Jane Eyre”, the tale of another woman who records her journey to self discovery and more. The issue of loneliness and a limited life seems a very contemporary one, and this is well handled in this beautifully written novel. It points out that small acts of kindness can be life changing for not only the recipient, but also for Eleanor as she tries so hard. This can be a challenging book, but it is so well written that it demands more than sympathy, it is fascinating portrait of a woman on the edge of life. It more than deserves its popularity as a look at life that is not all bleak, but with much to recommend it in terms of hope.

- 10/05/2020
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One of the best books I read last year. Love the characters. Love the ending. Love all of it.

- 22/01/2019
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Have only read the first 50 pages, so far. I love it.

- 19/03/2018
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Staff Choice

Eleanor Oliphant is a triumph of characterisation. At first you think she might be suffering from Asperger’s but then you realise her difficulties are all her own, and very much related to a childhood tragedy. But as well as being traumatised, she is also hilarious: outspoken, honest and brave. This is the charming story of how she realises she is not completely fine, steps out of her comfort zone and starts learning how to live in the world.

Frances, Web Team

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 14/06/2018

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