Radio 2 Book Club: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman will be featured on the Radio 2 Book Club on Monday 19 June.

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live

Eleanor Oliphant 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 – while 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?

Selection panel review

The book was selected with the help of a panel of librarians from across the UK.

Our readers loved Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – here are some of their comments:

“Such an enjoyable read – I haven’t actually found myself so lost in a book in a very long time. I was mesmerised by the character of Eleanor and even though she was socially awkward, emotionally unavailable and at times just plain odd, I couldn’t help but fall in love with her. A wonderful, feel-good novel that makes you feel happy to be alive. I was just sad that it had to end.”

“This book is very cleverly written. A great observation of life, some real humour, this bittersweet novel is a great read, especially as you want to find out the secret in her early life.”

“Every now and then there comes a book that I feel truly privileged to read and Eleanor Oliphant is just such a book. It’s a true treasure of a book that was difficult to put down at times. It was heart-breaking and then it would have me laughing out loud. An incredible story that’s beautifully written – I can’t wait to be able to share my love for this book when it is published and I envy those getting to read it for the first time.”

About the author

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Gail Honeyman is a graduate of the universities of Glasgow and Oxford. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine was short-listed for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work in progress and is Honeyman’s debut novel. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

A word from Gail

“I am thrilled that Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine been chosen as the next Radio 2 Book Club read – huge thanks to everyone at The Reading Agency, and also to all of the amazing library staff who read and recommended the book.”

Get involved

Tune in to Simon Mayo’s Drivetime show on Monday 19 June to hear a live interview with Gail.

Have you read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine? You can share your thoughts with us on Twitter using #EleanorOliphant or follow author Gail Honeyman.

You can also see what other readers thought or add the book to your group’s reading list.

Want to find out more? Take a look at the Radio 2 Book Club Twitter feed or find out more on the Radio 2 Book Club website.


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