Eleanor Oliphant

Sarah’s Pick: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

£12.99

I began this book and thought, great, another quirky, smart, funny heroine. I laughed out loud at some of her unworldly comments. A few chapters later I realised that there was more to it than that. After another few chapters you realise that Eleanor has been horribly damaged by a difficult childhood.

 

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I began this book and thought, great, another quirky, smart, funny heroine. I laughed out loud at some of her unworldly comments. A few chapters later I realised that there was more to it than that. another few chapters on and you realise that Eleanor has been horribly damaged by a difficult childhood.

Her story is revealed slowly and is accompanied by a sense of horror on the part of the reader when you realise what she has endured and how she copes with it. She is funny and endearing and very, very lonely. Then an old man falls in the street and she stops to help along with Raymond, her new co-worker. It changes everything, but I wont say how, let’s just say she “gets involved” in ways she never expected.

Well done to this author for creating Raymond an unlikely pudgy hero with baggy pants, frayed tee shirts, different coloured tennis shoes and a BIG, BIG heart.