Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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?


I had heard so much about this book and just hadn’t got around to reading it yet.

What an amazing book. It’s hard to believe that it’s a debut novel.

When I wasn’t reading this book, I was thinking about it. I read it almost non stop over the course of a weekend. It makes for absolutely compulsive reading.

I was fascinated by Eleanor. I needed to know her story, to find out what had made her the way she was.  I found her quite endearing as a character, but I knew there was more to her than meets the eye.

Sad, funny and fascinating, this book teaches us not to be so quick to judge others, and that there’s always hope in life.

Well deserving of the Costa prize. I’ll be recommending it to everyone.

MY RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


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