Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant is completely and utterly fine. She is set in her rigid daily routine, she is very intelligent and very well-spoken but she is also very slightly odd. At first I was wondering if she may be on the spectrum or have some form of a learning disability, but once you get down to it I don’t think she has – perhaps just neglect from Mummy’s part that made her the way she is, I am not sure how to explain it.
Eleanor has no filter or social graces so to speak, she very much speaks what comes to mind, much like an innocent child may do, but for Eleanor it is seem as socially unacceptable really. She intrigued me and I felt drawn into the story watching her social awkwardness from afar. When she is thrust into a situation with one of her work colleagues and man they help on the street, we see Eleanor is truly fine in herself, it is clear that something terrible happened in her past, though it is not until the last moment that we find out and then it all makes sense.
I really enjoyed this book and for a debut book I will definitely be checking out Gail’s other works in the future.
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About the Author
Gail Honeyman wrote her debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, while working a full time job, and it was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work in progress. She has also been awarded the Scottish Book Trust’s Next Chapter Award 2014, and was longlisted for BBC Radio 4’s Opening Lines, and shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. Gail lives in Glasgow.
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