Costa Prize Winner

One of several books I got to review last year, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, has won the Costa First Novel Award and justly so I feel. It was a book I was unable to put down and was quite different to anything I had read before.Eleanor Oliphant BlogFacts and backstory were revealed only when they became necessary to the story so the reader didn’t feel overwhelmed by them and they never intruded upon the flow of the story. Each time a new detail emerged you felt you understood Eleanor and her current situation better and more than once I thought I knew how it might end. However, when the truth is revealed in the closing pages it is quite unlike anything I had imagined and yet on reflection I felt no disappointment at all. I simply admired the skill of the writer. I do hope we are going to hear of a new novel from Gail in the very near future.

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2 Responses to Costa Prize Winner

  1. Helen Laycock says:

    Yes, I agree. I loved Eleanor Oliphant. Superb characterisation.

  2. Ann Williams says:

    Seems we weren’t the only ones to appreciate it, Helen. Do hope there are more in the pipeline.

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