Over 2.5 million copies sold
‘Funny, touching and unpredictable’ Jojo Moyes
‘Heartwrenching and wonderful’ Nina Stibbe
Winner of Costa First Novel Award, a No.1 Sunday Times bestseller and the Book of the Year
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?
‘Moving, funny and devastating’ The Herald
‘Unforgettable, brilliant, funny and life-affirming’ Daily Mail
‘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 literary creation: funny, touching and unpredictable. Her journey out of the shadows is expertly woven and absolutely gripping' Jojo Moyes 'Original [and] unexpectedly funny' SUNDAY TIMES 'As perceptive and wise as it is funny and endearing... Warm, funny and thought-provoking' OBSERVER 'A narrative full of quiet warmth and deep and unspoken sadness... Wonderful and joyful' Jenny Colgan, GUARDIAN 'Unforgettable, brilliant, funny and life-affirming' Wendy Holden, DAILY MAIL 'I adored it. Skilled, perceptive, Eleanor's world will feel familiar to you from the very first page. An outstanding debut!' Joanna Cannon 'Hugely original, a funny and sad tale of a survivor who tackles the challenges of emotional reconnection with grave courage. Unmissable.' SUNDAY EXPRESS 'A truly original voice and so good on loneliness: I sobbed and sobbed' Cathy Rentzenbrink 'An outstanding debut about loneliness and the power of a little kindness' MAIL ON SUNDAY 'So powerful - I completely loved Eleanor Oliphant' Fiona Barton 'An absolute joy, laugh-out-loud funny but deeply moving' DAILY EXPRESS 'Heartbreaking' Bryony Gordon 'Deft, compassionate and moving' Paula McLain 'Heartwrenching and wonderful' Nina Stibbe '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 'Warm and funny, moving and deeply original, Eleanor Oliphant is completely marvellous' Gavin Extence 'A beautiful and delicate balance between funny and heartbreaking... restores your faith in humanity' RED 'You'll laugh and cry reading this fine debut' PRIMA 'Impeccable' Dawn O'Porter 'Delightful, dark and moving' Sarah Pinborough 'Warm, quirky and fun, with a real poignancy underneath' Julie Cohen 'A stunning debut! I laughed, wept and reflected' Lucy Clarke 'Satisfyingly quirky' NEW YORK TIMES