Winner of the 2017 Costa Book Awards First Novel Award
When people ask me what I do – taxi drivers, dental hygienists – I tell them I work in an office. In almost nine years, no one’s ever asked what kind of office, or what sort of job I do there. I can’t decide whether that’s because I fit perfectly with their idea of what an office worker looks like, or whether people hear the phrase work in an office and automatically fill in the blanks themselves – lady doing photocopying, man tapping at keyboard.
Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live
She 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 - whilst 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?
Widely hailed as the fiction debut of 2017, this is a contented but broken life, played in full.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 142 x 139 x 25 mm
Edition: Unabridged edition
"An unexpectedly funny and lucid novel, memorable for its heroine's detached take on social norms" - The Sunday Times
"Honeyman has created a narrative full of quiet warmth and deep and unspoken sadness, yet with a wonderful, joyful message: it is never to late, for any of us." - The Guardian
"As perceptive and wise as it is funny and endearing... Warm, funny and thought-provoking." - Observer
"Unforgettable, brilliant, funny and life-affirming." - Wendy Holden, Daily Mail
"An outstanding debut about loneliness and the power of a little kindness." - Mail on Sunday
"Hugely original, a funny and sad tale of a survivor who tackles the challenges of emotional reconnection with grave courage. Unmissable." - Sunday Express
"An absolute joy, laugh-out-loud funny but deeply moving." - Daily Express
"Satisfyingly quirky." - New York Times
"Heartbreaking and heartwarming." - Stylist
"Brave, smart and funny... the most refreshing and heartwarming debut I've read in some time." - Yorkshire Post
"Moving, funny and devastating." - The Herald
"Quirky, witty and absorbing." - Heat
"A truly original literary creation: funny, touching and unpredictable. Her journey out of the shadows is expertly woven and absolutely gripping." - Jojo Moyes
"I adored it. Skilled, perceptive, Eleanor's world will feel familiar to you from the very first page. An outstanding debut!" - Joanna Cannon
"A truly original voice and so good on loneliness: I sobbed and sobbed." - Cathy Rentzenbrink
"So powerful - I completely loved Eleanor Oliphant." - Fiona Barton
"Heartwrenching and wonderful." - Nina Stibbe
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