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Top 10 Books to Read After Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Posted on 15th August 2018 by Martha Greengrass

Bittersweet, funny and original, Gail Honeyman's debut, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, has become one of the most read - and talked about - books of 2018. If you're one of the thousands of readers who have been hooked by Eleanor's story, here are some other books to add to your to-read list. 

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Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before. Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura. But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters.
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"There are three things you should know about Elsie: The first thing is that she's my best friend. The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better. And the third thing... might take a little bit more explaining." From the author of Waterstones championed bestseller The Trouble With Goats and Sheep, this is a a restorative, perceptive novel about growing up and growing old.
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Keiko has never really fitted in. At school and university people find her odd and her family worries she'll never be normal. To appease them, she takes a job at a convenience store. Here, she finds peace and purpose in the simple, daily tasks and routine. Convenience Store Woman marks the English-language debut of a writer who has been hailed as the most exciting voice of her generation.
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Mona is a young Irish girl in the big city.On her first night out in Birmingham, she meets William. They embark upon a passionate affair, a whirlwind marriage - before a sudden tragedy tears them apart. Decades later, Mona pieces together the memories of the years that separate them. But can she ever learn to love again? An unforgettable tale of grief, longing, and a love that lasts a lifetime.
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It begins with a painting won in a raffle: fifteen sunflowers, hung on the wall by a woman who believes that men and boys are capable of beautiful things.And then there are two boys, Ellis and Michael, who are inseparable. Then Annie walks into their lives, and it changes nothing and everything. The unforgettable and achingly tender new novel from the author of When God was a Rabbit
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He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life. It’s a life he once had, long-since buried but buried secrets have a habit of catching up with you and nobody can outrun their own past.
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When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. - Claire Tomalin 'From the moment I met Harold Fry, I didn't want to leave him.

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At twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's rapid death from cancer, her family disbanded and her marriage crumbled. With nothing to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to walk eleven-hundred miles of the west coast of America.
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A thirty-nine-year-old geneticist, Don's never had a second date. So he devises the Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rosie - 'the world's most incompatible woman' - throwing Don's safe, ordered life into chaos. But what is this unsettling, alien emotion he's feeling?
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Soon to be a major new film adaptation. Bernadette Fox is notorious. To Elgie she's his hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled wife. To fellow mothers at the school gate, she's a menace. To design experts, she's a revolutionary architect. And to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, quite simply, mum. Then Bernadette disappears. And Bee must take a trip to the end of the earth to find her.
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