Beautiful story, well told
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
This book, like its protagonist, is a dark horse: you don’t expect much from it, but it really packs a punch. Eleanor Oliphant is boring: she lives her life, alone, in a regimented pattern of work and rest – but behind this seemingly straightforward character is a dark story to be unravelled. The reason this book has been a runaway hit is because the storytelling is superb: we are drawn in immediately to Eleanor’s world, and Honeyman makes even the mundane meaningful. Once I had started, I couldn’t put it down, and I loved the ironic wit, balanced with moments of poignancy and pathos. It reminded me of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep – brilliant character portrayal, brilliant storytelling, a perfect little novel.