This year's selected title is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. With such strong competition, it was hard to know just which way the choice would go but Eleanor Oliphant was an overwhelming success with members of the Selection Committee who believe this is a book that can be appreciated by all of our students and staff, new and current, alike.

Gail will also be joining us in October for two author events. We hope you will join us there.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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.

About Gail Honeyman

Portrait of Gail Honeyman

Gail Honeyman wrote her debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, while working a full-time job, and it was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work in progress. She has also been awarded the Scottish Book Trust's Next Chapter Award 2014, was longlisted for BBC Radio 4's Opening Lines, and was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. She lives in Glasgow.