Eleanor Oliphant is a bit of an odd ball. She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance (scarred cheek, sometime wearer of an eczema glove), means that Eleanor has become a bit of a loner – or ‘self-contained entity’ as she calls it. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life and phone chats with ‘Mummy’ (in prison for crimes unknown).
But everything changes when Eleanor falls for the local hipster-band frontman, Johnnie Lomond. As Eleanor prepares herself for her inevitable union with the object of her desire (appropriate attire, new laptop for Instagram stalking), she inadvertently befriends the new guy from her office, Raymond.
As Eleanor navigates the waters of obsessive love and her long-distance relationship with ‘Mummy’, she realises she can only overcome the horrors of her past if she accepts a little help from Raymond…
Filled with unabashed wit, Eleanor Oliphant follows its quirky and troubled female narrator as she realises that the only way to survive her current state of mind is to open her heart to friendship.
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Press & reviews
“Beautifully written and INCREDIBLY funny, Eleanor Oliphant by Gail Honeyman is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in LOVE with Eleanor, an…”
“I have read a few great novels recently, but the one that stuck with me the most over the last few months if Eleanor Oliphant Is…”
“Eleanor Oliphant is a truly original literary creation: funny, touching, and unpredictable. Her journey out of dark shadows is expertly woven and absolutely gripping.”
“Debut author Honeyman expertly captures a woman whose inner pain is excruciating and whose face and heart are scarred, but who still holds the capacity to…”
“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…”
“This novel strikes such a beautiful and delicate balance between funny and heartbreaking and absolutely restores your faith in humanity. Though it’s only May, I’m calling…”
“This is a heart-wrenching look at modern loneliness (the new, unmentionable cancer, as Eleanor points out) and the presumptions we make about people. It’s so easy…”
“A warm, funny and thought-provoking story”
“Unforgettable, brilliant, funny & life-affirming”
“Quirky, witty and absorbing”