Our book club pick for June is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, an extraordinary and unusual debut that perfectly depicts the loneliness of life and the simple power of a little kindness through the endearing and inimitable Eleanor.
Eleanor has learnt 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,
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?
"Eleanor Oliphant is a truly original literary creation: funny, touching, and unpredictable. Her
journey out of dark shadows is expertly woven and absolutely gripping" Jojo Moyes
"Skilled, perceptive, Eleanor's world will feel familiar to you from the very first page. An
outstanding debut!" Joanna Cannon
"Eleanor Oliphant is delightful, dark and moving. In Eleanor we have a Bridget Jones in need of
psychiatric help who in turns made me shiver, laugh and cry. Far more than completely fine, this
is a uniquely brilliant, totally engaging novel that I read in one sitting…a must read!" Sarah Pinborough
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. Gail was also shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, the Bridport Prize and longlisted for BBC Radio 4's Opening Lines. She lives in Glasgow.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is published by HarperFiction and is available online and from all good booksellers. If you do receive one of our free copies, we need you to add your questions and comments for Gail to the thread by the end of June.