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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Reviews

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Gail Honeyman

5.00 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 18 May 2017
ISBN: 9780008172114

* Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2017 * Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018 * No.1 Sunday Times bestseller * Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon `Funny, touching and unpredictable' Jojo Moyes

3 Prizes for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Radio 4
Selection: Book at Bedtime

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes each day, eats the same lunch at work, and buys two bottles of vodka to drink each weekend. She is fine, completely fine. But one simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has carefully built around herself. 

Gail Honeyman's heartwarming and heartbreaking debut novel.

The British Book Awards
2018 Overall Winner


The judges for this year’s Fiction: Début Book of the Year praised both the writing and the publishing of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, and said the combination made it a clear winner. The novel was “absolutely hilarious”, “literary and commercial” and struck an “amazing balance between light and dark”, while the campaign to promote it was “beautifully done”, they said.

Books are my Bag Reader Awards
2018 Winner

Winner: Readers' Choice Award

Emma Bradshaw, Head of Campaigns at the Booksellers Association, said: “From first time authors to literary giants, this year’s Books Are My Bag Readers Awards winners give an insight into bookseller’s and the public’s top books of the year. It’s hugely exciting to see such a large proportion of new writers on the list, showing just how much brilliant new writing talent readers have to enjoy.”


5 stars out of 5
Sarah Gilmartin
13 Nov 2018

"...one of the most unusual and thought-provoking heroines of recent contemporary fiction"

The human need for connection, initially scorned by Eleanor, is this heart-rending novel’s central theme. Eleanor Oliphant is most definitely not completely fine, but she is one of the most unusual and thought-provoking heroines of recent contemporary fiction.

5 stars out of 5
Allan Massie
6 Jun 2017

"This is an uncommonly intelligent and sympathetic novel"

It is very well done indeed. Eleanor, improbable in the early chapters, is made completely convincing. But what is remarkable is the emphasis Honeyman places on the importance of kindness, something met more often in real life than in novels... This is an uncommonly intelligent and sympathetic novel.

5 stars out of 5
4 May 2017

"...what a joy it is. The central character of Eleanor feels instantly and insistently real"

It feels like a cross between RJ Palacio’s Wonder and Brian Moore’s Judith Hearne, but funnier. Characters aren’t goodies, baddies or plot devices, they just feel like people. The overwhelming emotion is kindness. If you don’t cry the first time Eleanor goes to a hair salon and thanks the blowsy Laura for “making her shiny”, you haven’t a heart. This is a narrative full of quiet warmth and deep and unspoken sadness. It makes you want to throw a party and invite everyone you know and give them a hug, even that person at work everyone thinks is a bit weird.