The Sunday Times bestseller
‘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?
‘Heartwrenching and wonderful’ Nina Stibbe
‘Deft, compassionate and moving’ Paula McLain
‘I adored it. Skilled, perceptive, Eleanor's world will feel familiar to you from the very first page. An outstanding debut!’ Joanna Cannon
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Prepare to meet a truly memorable characters in this riveting and sparklingly original debut. Eleanor Oliphant’s life isn’t being lived, it’s just slipping by. Stand-offish and odd, she fills the week with unchanging routine and anaesthetises her weekends alone with vodka. When a chance encounter with a work colleague leads Eleanor to confront the pitch-black past that has caused her thin existence, Gail Honeymoon explores extremes of abuse and kindness with acute poignancy and wit. For all Eleanor’s quirks and awkwardness, she’s a hugely sympathetic character and her gradual escape from solitude is the foundation of a riveting and original debut novel.
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Don't buy the audio version!
This is the first audio book I've bought and won't be doing so again! I couldn't finish the book as the narrator was so insipid that I refuse to listen to the end! You can't tell if there's any humour as the child like manner in which she read made it impossible to glean! I will stick to my own voice in future as listening that voice has scarred me for life! I'm sorry this is not a review for the book.
Thought it was a bit boring at first but loved Eleanor’s quirkiness. Little did I know! Hilarious and couldn’t put down.
A totally fresh perspective
As a mental health nursing student it was an absolutely perfect read. I love the story, the characters and the twist. To think that mental health is so designed for people of a certain ages and at a certain stage of our lives can make us quite ignorant to just how the little and big things take a toll on us.