Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Miss Eleanor Oliphant gets under your skin. From the time we first meet her, as the butt of office jokes, we are aware that for her loneliness has become a habit, because ‘once you get used to being on your own, it becomes normal’. She sees herself as ‘dull, matte and scuffed’ and can find no place in the world. But while she’s naïve she’s also consistently perceptive and, often without realising it, very funny. Forever shelling out for significant life events she feels she will never experience herself, why indeed is it that ‘the act of legally formalising a human relationship necessitates friends, family and co-workers upgrading the contents of their fridge for them’. But as her confidence grows we root for her – and the book surely deserves a film, with Anne Hathaway in the title role. This book is likely to be enjoyed by anyone who appreciated The Rosie Project – and makes a serious contribution to understanding loneliness.