Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman has sold over 500,000 paperbacks in the UK, just six months after its publication.

Eleanor climbed to No.3 in the UK charts this week selling 17,659 copies, and in so doing, has become the biggest selling paperback of the year by over 100,000 copies.

These latest statistics also cement Eleanor in bookseller chart history. Since its publication six months ago, is has already become the 72nd bestselling General Fiction title since accurate records began.

Stateside, the novel is a No.2 New York Times bestseller having previously held the No.1 position for four weeks consecutively. The book has spent five weeks in the chart, and this week sold 3,000 more paperbacks that the current New York Times No.1, Crazy Rich Asians, a film tie-in edition, by Kevin Kwan. Overall, in the combined print and eBook rankings Eleanor is No.8.

The book has been selected in the New York Times Paperback Row, a wonderful and rare distinction: only six new paperbacks are selected for review each week by senior staff editor Joumana Khatib. In the feature Eleanor is amicably praised as a ‘terrifically blunt heroine.’

To add to the good news, Eleanor has been featured in an exciting promotion. This summer, Penguin Random House have partnered with New York’s iconic Grand Central Terminal on a “Grand Central Reads” programme, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that saved Grand Central. In celebration, commuters passing through the station (estimated to be over 750,000 daily) will be given access to a free downloadable excerpt of the novel.


If you’re lucky enough to visit Grand Central Station do have a lookout for the promotion. But whichever side of the pond you’re on, if you haven’t yet had the chance to read Eleanor make sure you get hold of a copy, and discover for yourself what all the fuss is about!