Several of our book clubbers voted Eleanor as their favourite book of 2017 – a big call! But it’s certainly a very special book – a considerable achievement by debut novelist Gail Honeyman. It’s already claimed a number of literary prizes and is soon to be made into a film by no other than Reese Witherspoon, who is also responsible for bringing other book club favourites to the big screen (Big Little Lies and The Dry).
It’s not always easy to find a book that instantly draws you in, but this one does – from the very first paragraph. Eleanor is a very endearing character – set in her ways, and very particular about everything from her evening meals to her preferred brand of Vodka to her no-nonsense black work shoes. Eleanor is a square peg in a round hole – she sees the world differently.
Our book club had quite an animated discussion about whether Eleanor is on the spectrum, or whether her personality traits are a result of life’s traumatic events. But either way, you’ll laugh out loud at her unique observations of everyday life, and cry too, at the horrors that some people endure. Ultimately though, this book is an uplifting reminder that a little kindness and warmth makes the world of difference to people living on the margins of society.
PS. The audio version of this book comes highly recommended.