"Smart, warm, uplifting, the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes the only way to survive is to open her heart.
Author: Gail Honeyman
Publisher: Penguin Books
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick "Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in love with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love, too!" --Reese Witherspoon No one's ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine. Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond's big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . . The only way to survive is to open your heart.
"Smart, warm, uplifting, the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes the only way to survive is to open her heart.
Author: Gail Honeyman
Category: Computer technicians
"Smart, warm, uplifting, the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes the only way to survive is to open her heart. Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance (scarred cheek, tendency to wear the same clothes year in, year out), means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a loner. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kind of friends who rescue each other from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond's big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one"--
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Gail Honeyman's #1 New York Times bestselling book Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is also a certified book Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick. Nobody has ever told Eleanor Oliphant that life should not only be fine but better than fine. Eleanor Oliphant is an ordinary woman who struggles with the appropriate social skills she needs to have on occasion. She has the tendency to say the exact words that she is thinking. Truth is, nothing is really missing in her carefully timetabled life that can be described as avoidance of social interactions. Her weekends are punctuated by frozen vodka, pizza, and phone chats with her Mummy. But everything will change for Eleanor when she meets Raymond in her office. He is the bumbling IT guy who is deeply unhygienic. When Eleanor and Raymond saw an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, together they saved Sammy. This became the start of the three's friendship. They would rescue one another from the lives of isolation that they have each been living. And it is none other than the big heart of Raymond that would ultimately help quiet Eleanor to find the best way to repair her own profoundly damaged heart. In this comprehensive look into Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel by Gail Honeyman, you'll gain insight with this essential resource as a guide to aid your discussions. Be prepared to lead with the following: More than 60 "done-for-you" discussion prompts available Discussion aid which includes a wealth of information and prompts Overall brief plot synopsis and author biography as refreshers Thought-provoking questions made for deeper examinations Creative exercises to foster alternate "if this was you" discussions And more! Please Note: This is a companion guide based on the work Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel by Gail Honeyman not affiliated to the original work or author in any way and does not contain any text of the original work. Please purchase or read the original work first.
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He didn't make it. And now she's supposed to face all of this without him. But her new heart is a bold heart. She just needs to learn to listen to it . . . Have you read LOST FOR WORDS, which readers are calling 'the best book of 2017'?
Author: Stephanie Butland
Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Fiction Ltd.
If you loved LOST FOR WORDS, ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE and THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS you'll love this. 'I love it so much. Moving, funny, romantic. Utterly engaging . . . impossible to put down' Katie Fforde Ailsa Rae is learning how to live. She's only a few months past the heart transplant that - just in time - saved her life. Life should be a joyful adventure. But . . . Her relationship with her mother is at breaking point and she wants to find her father. Have her friends left her behind? And she's felt so helpless for so long that she's let polls on her blog make her decisions for her. She barely knows where to start on her own. Then there's Lennox. Her best friend and one time lover. He was sick too. He didn't make it. And now she's supposed to face all of this without him. But her new heart is a bold heart. She just needs to learn to listen to it . . . Have you read LOST FOR WORDS, which readers are calling 'the best book of 2017'? Search 9781785762604.
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into the course theme, I'm tempted to say it would be difficult to include “Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine” in the course. This isn't because it can't be viewed
Author: Robert Eidelberg
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
SOME DAY The Literature of Waiting A Creative Writing Course With Time on Its Hands Now wait. Now. Wait. You do it all the time. Time and time again. You’re doing it right now: waiting on our every word. So here goes: before there was this book SOME DAY on writing creatively about a world of waiting, there was special topics Hunter College English course on “The Literature of Waiting” that featured a selection of novels, plays, and short stories by some rather famous world authors. But wait: even before that time-sensitive college course there were, well, the elevators—particularly the ones in the North Building of Hunter College of the City University of New York. Elevators that you always had to wait distressingly long for when they were apparently working and eternally long for when they were “out of service.” There was even that infamous elevator repair sign. Picture it: a photoshopped female student with her right hand flat out in the stop-and-wait position, her compressed lips silently conveying that any wait on your part for an elevator to come would be entirely futile. And did we mention that the repair sign would inevitably remain up even after that elevator had been fixed? Now that made a certain sense since it was only a matter of time before the sign was, like a broken clock, accurate again. Author Robert Eidelberg’s Books With a Built-In Teacher In addition to “Some Day: The Literature of Waiting, all of the following “Books With a Built-In Teacher” by educator and author Robert Eidelberg are available through all online bookstores as well as from the author by contacting him at [email protected] “Who’s There?” in Shakespeare’s HAMLET – That Is the Question! Stanza-Phobia: A Slef-Improvement Approach to Bridging Any Disconnect Between You and Poetry by Understanding Just One Poem (Yes, One!) and Winding Up Not only Learning the Process involved but Coming to Love at Least a Few More Poems (and Maybe Poetry Itself) Good Thinking: A Self-Improvement Approach to Getting Your Mind to Go from “Huh?” to “Hmm” to “Aha!” Playing Detective: A Self-Improvement Approach to Becoming a more Mindful Thinker Reader, and Writer By Solving Mysteries Detectives: Stories for Thinking, Solving, and Writing So You Think You Might Like to Teach: 29 Fictional Teachers (for Real!) Model ow to Become and Remain a Successful Teacher Staying After School: 19 Students (for Real!) Have the Next What-if Word on Remarkable Fictional Teachers and Their Often Challenging Classes. Julio: A Brooklyn Boy Plays Detective to Find His Missing Father (with John Carter)
I was rooting for Sylvia' - Lottie, Netgalley 'I was charmed by this tale. A feel-good book' - Heather, Netgalley 'A lovely story with delightful characters.
Author: Jane O'Connor
Publisher: Random House
Time to come out of hibernation... Sylvia Penton has been hibernating for years, it's no wonder she's a little prickly... Sylvia lives alone, dedicating herself to her job at the local university. On weekends, she helps out at a local hedgehog sanctuary because it gives her something to talk about on Mondays - and it makes people think she's nicer than she is. Only Sylvia has a secret: she's been in love with her boss, Professor Lomax, for over a decade now, and she's sure he's just waiting for the right time to leave his wife. Meanwhile she stores every crumb of his affection and covertly makes trouble for anyone she feels gets in his way. But when a bright new PhD candidate catches the Professor’s eye, Sylvia’s dreams of the fairy tale ending she has craved for so long, are soon in tatters, driving her to increasingly desperate measures and an uncertain future. Sylvia might have been sleep walking through her life but things are about to change now she’s woken up... A quirky, charming uplifting novel perfect for fans of Gail Honeyman's Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and Sarah Haywood's The Cactus. The feelgood bestseller about unrequited love, loneliness and the redemptive qualities of hedgehogs featuring the most unlikely heroine of 2019. ________________________________ WHAT READERS ARE SAYING 'An eccentrically heartwarming tale of steeping out of your comfort zone. I was rooting for Sylvia' - Lottie, Netgalley 'I was charmed by this tale. A feel-good book' - Heather, Netgalley 'A lovely story with delightful characters. Would highly recommend, especially if you are a fan of Ruth Hogan and Gail Honeyman' - Mary, Netgalley 'An absolutely superb novel about someone who is dissatisfied with her life but feels it's difficult to change. I would highly recommend to anyone who likes a quirky novel to entertain them' - Sue, Netgalley 'Oh how I adored this book which is reminiscent of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine' - Justine, Netgalley 'I like a book that makes me feel uplifted, that soothes the soul, and this book certainly did that. Sylvia is definitely one of my favourite fictional characters' - Joanne, Netgalley
' - Goodreads 'The author's effortless and easy-reading writing style make this the perfect book for a Sunday afternoon read by the fire. I look forward to more from this talented newcomer.' - Readers' Favorite 'This is a real surprise.
Author: Oliver Sands
Publisher: deGrevilo Publishing
'Endearing and honest… this was a beautiful and entirely unexpected read.' - NetGalley Breeda Looney tells herself she's happy with her simple life in a remote Irish fishing village. Sure, there are days she talks to no one but the cat, her panic attacks have become public spectacles, and crabby Aunt Nora considers her a total lost cause... But Breeda is about to stumble upon an old family secret never meant to see the light of day: her beloved father – said to have died when Breeda was a child – might actually still be alive. To find her father Breeda will be forced to rake up the family dirt, unearthing a bombshell that could spell the end of her sheltered life in the village. And as the price of the truth dawns on her, Breeda will begin to wonder ... just who exactly is this man she's about to bring back from the grave...? Heartfelt, deeply moving and at times darkly funny, this debut fiction from Ireland follows one woman's quest to find her truth and, ultimately, her place in the world. With a cast of colorful characters, and brimming with surprisingly tender moments, Breeda Looney will stay in your heart long after the final pages... Get it now. -- PRAISE FOR BREEDA LOONEY STEPS FORTH -- 'A delicate story of one woman struggling to find the truth about her past while battling her daily demons, told with passionate and lyrical grace.' - Goodreads 'Hilarious at times but ultimately totally heartwarming, Breeda Looney Steps Forth is an outstanding debut.' - The Book Magnet 'A tale of grief and guilt, secrets and lies, betrayal and shame. Intriguing, moving and often darkly funny, this is an impressive debut novel.' - Goodreads 'The author's effortless and easy-reading writing style make this the perfect book for a Sunday afternoon read by the fire. I look forward to more from this talented newcomer.' - Readers' Favorite 'This is a real surprise. A beautifully crafted book with a large touch of the Irish.' - NetGalley 'I was searching for books like Eleanor Oliphant and was so pleased to discover Breeda Looney. Raw, poignant, wry and uplifting - this is a beautiful story exceptionally well told.' - NetGalley 'The story was moving and engrossing, and the ending was uplifting without being saccharine. I’d love to see the book adapted for a TV series.' - BookLovers 'My book club recently picked Breeda Looney as we wanted some more good Irish fiction following Normal People by Sally Rooney. This was a total delight. 5 stars.' - NetGalley 'It's the best kind of novel because it made me laugh and cry, and it warmed my heart. I couldn't put it down.' - Goodreads Get it now. RECOMMENDED FOR FANS OF ... The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, Scenes of a Graphic Nature by Caroline O'Donoghue, Home Stretch by Graham Norton, Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan, When All Is Said by Anne Griffin, The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, The Missing Letters of Mrs Bright by Beth Miller, Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman, Any Bitter Thing by Monica Wood, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick, Sassafras by Trish Heald, Twenty by Debra Landwehr Engle, Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner TOPICS: British & Irish, Small town & rural fiction, Family sagas, Contemporary Women, Humourous Literary Fiction, British & Irish Humour & Satire, Women's Action & Adventure, Women's Psychological Fiction, Humorous Dark Comedy, Female Friendships, Family Life , Uplit, Book Club Fiction, Summer Reads, Feel Good Fiction, Beach Reads, Holiday Reads, Women's Literary Fiction, Irish Authors, Irish Fiction, Ireland, London Irish
A vibrant, invigorating, and affecting novel and the inspiring portrait of a young homeless woman from Observer New Face of Fiction Mahsuda Snaith.
Author: Mahsuda Snaith
Publisher: Random House
BBC RADIO 4 'BOOK AT BEDTIME' PICK ‘Those who love Little Fires Everywhere and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine will love this’ My Weekly Molly has lived on the streets for nearly a decade. She has close friends but spends most of her nights sleeping rough in dangerous places. So when a new acquaintance invites her on a journey across the country, she decides to go along. He is searching for treasure while she is searching for hope. At every stop on their unusual quest, Molly senses something close behind her: the footsteps of an old enemy and the memories of a life she has tried to erase. And yet she must find the courage to continue if she’s ever going to discover a place that really feels like home. A vibrant, invigorating, and affecting novel and the inspiring portrait of a young homeless woman from Observer New Face of Fiction Mahsuda Snaith.
For fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, The Keeper of Lost Things and Elizabeth is Missing, this is orginal, stand-out commercial fiction with a huge heart.
Author: Eleanor Ray
Publisher: Piatkus Books
For fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, The Keeper of Lost Things and Elizabeth is Missing, this is orginal, stand-out commercial fiction with a huge heart. Sometimes, t's impossible to part with the things we love the most...When Amy Ashton's world came crashing down twelve years ago, she started a collection. It began as a box filled with memories of happier times - an ashtray to remind herself of the boy she loved, a china bird, an aquamarine bottle, a Tuscan red pot. The objects that some might throw away, but to Amy represent a life that could have been. Because, if there's one thing life has taught her, it's easier to love things than people.Now that box of memories has turned into a house overflowing with all her precious things. Soon there will be no room for Amy at all. But when a new family move in next door with two young boys, Amy's carefully managed life starts to unravel, leading her to question whether the future she thought she'd lost might still be there for the taking.
THE SIX LOVES OF BILLY BINNS is a deeply moving and honest debut set in London against the backdrop of the changing 20th century. it is reading group fiction perfect for those who loved the quirky pathos of Gail Honeyman's ELEANOR OLIPHANT ...
Author: Richard Lumsden
Publisher: Hachette UK
THE SIX LOVES OF BILLY BINNS is a deeply moving and honest debut set in London against the backdrop of the changing 20th century. it is reading group fiction perfect for those who loved the quirky pathos of Gail Honeyman's ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE and the humour of Rachel Joyce's THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY 'A book I would like to have beside me as I grow old to remind me of what's important in life and what is not' Jenny Quintana, author of The Missing Girl I remember my dreams but not where they start. Further back, I recall some of yesterday and the day before that. Then everything goes into a haze. Fragments of memories come looming back like red London buses in a pea-souper. Time plays funny tricks these days. I wait for the next memory. I wait and I wait. At 117 years old, Billy Binns is the oldest man in Europe and he knows his time is almost up. But Billy has a final wish: he wants to remember what love feels like one last time. As he looks back at the relationships that have shaped his flawed life - and the events that shaped the century - he recalls a life full of hope, mistakes, heartbreak and, above all, love.
And when Lucas tells Emmie he has a big question to ask her, she’s convinced this is the moment he’ll reveal his feelings for her. But nothing in life ever quite goes as planned, does it?
Author: Lia Louis
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
In this charming and poignant novel, teenager Emmie Blue releases a balloon with her email address and a big secret into the sky, only to fall head-over-heels for the boy who finds it; now, fourteen years later, the one thing Emmie has been counting on is gone for good, and everything she planned is up in the air. At sixteen, Emmie Blue stood in the fields of her school and released a red balloon into the sky. Attached was her name, her email address…and a secret she desperately wanted to be free of. Weeks later, on a beach in France, Lucas Moreau discovered the balloon and immediately emailed the attached addressed, sparking an intense friendship between the two teens. Now, fourteen years later, Emmie is hiding the fact that she’s desperately in love with Lucas. She has pinned all her hopes on him and waits patiently for him to finally admit that she’s the one for him. So dedicated to her love for Lucas, Emmie has all but neglected her life outside of this relationship—she’s given up the search for her absentee father, no longer tries to build bridges with her distant mother, and lives as a lodger to an old lady she barely knows after being laid off from her job. And when Lucas tells Emmie he has a big question to ask her, she’s convinced this is the moment he’ll reveal his feelings for her. But nothing in life ever quite goes as planned, does it? Emmie Blue is about to learn everything she thinks she knows about life (and love) is just that: what she thinks she knows. Is there such thing as meant to be? Or is it true when they say that life is what happens when you are busy making other plans? A story filled with heart and humor, Dear Emmie Blue is perfect for fans of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and Evvie Drake Starts Over.
I will be gifting this book to friends… Grab this book – you’re in for a treat.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars ‘I fell in love… . This book was so funny and romantic, but at the same time, extremely emotional.
Author: Drew Davies
‘This book was laugh-out-loud hilarious and give-me-a-box-of-tissues heartbreaking. I loved it so much!... I literally went back and reread some parts a few times just because they were so funny! It’s a beautiful story and I’m sure it’ll stick with me.’ Tales of a Bookbound Mum, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The must-read book of 2019! Equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking, fans of Jojo Moyes, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and One Day in December will love this special novel by Drew Davies. Dear Lily, It’s me, Joy, your much wiser and (very slightly) older sister. I thought I’d start a new tradition of letter writing – now that we’re long distance. On the plane over here, I began to cry in seat 21C. I think the magnitude of it finally hit me, after everything that happened… I haven’t even unpacked yet – the only thing I’ve taken out of my suitcase is Harville, your beloved childhood teddy. Sorry for stealing him, but I need him more than you do. Every time I look at that little brown bear I think about our childhood. Remember that dance we made up to Annie’s ‘It’s a Hard Knock Life’? (Remember the broom choreography?) I’m also sorry for abandoning you – I’ve always been your agony aunt, and a buffer in your infamous shouting matches with Mum. But I had to leave, Lily, I had to. Anyway, I’m here now. I’m here to start over, and to face up to the past. I want to learn to laugh again, and to find someone to love who will maybe even love me back. You always told me I was just getting by, not actually living, so I’m finally doing it. Wish me luck, little sister. Love, Joy x A beautiful book-club read for anyone who has ever hit rock bottom, longed for a fresh start, or needed to heal a broken, aching heart. Readers absolutely love Dear Lily: ‘Hysterical and unbelievably relatable… This book was so funny and romantic, but at the same time, extremely emotional… Broke my heart and then turned around and put it back together again.’ Goodreads reviewer ‘An absolute delight to read!… This book took me through such a wide array of emotions – I was laughing one minute and practically crying the next… A roller coaster ride of emotions and a very surprising twist… Entertaining, fun and able to make you shed a few tears, you need to get your hands on this fab book!’ It’s All About the Thrill ‘All I can say is WOW.’ Shelley’s Book Nook, 5 stars ‘This book is wonderful. Simply wonderful. I can’t recommend it enough. Funny, heartfelt, wise, sweet. It had me laughing and crying. Perfect.’ JTHBooks, 5 stars ‘I absolutely loved this book!... Made me laugh out loud… I am sad to say goodbye to these vibrant characters. I will miss them.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Loved, loved this beautiful book… I laughed, I cried. I will be gifting this book to friends… Grab this book – you’re in for a treat.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars ‘I fell in love… . This book was so funny and romantic, but at the same time, extremely emotional. Her letters to Lily broke my heart and then turned around and put it back together again.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘A heartbreaking, yet heartwarming read, I cried, I laughed then I cried some more. Fabulous!’ Goodreads Reviewer ‘This book shook me to my core! It is filled with such heartache, beginnings, and life emotions… It was the perfect ending to a perfect book!!’ Literacy Indulgence, 5 stars ‘A cute, endearing, heartwarming, hilarious, tear-jerker of a book. I found myself crying and then suddenly laughing out loud at the same time. If you are a fan of Eleanor Oliphant or cute little rom-coms, this book is for you.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Every once in a while I stumble across a book that is like a breath of fresh air, and that was the case with this gem. It was beautifully unique and extremely touching and way more emotional that I was expecting, I just adored it!... Incredibly funny… This really had it all, it was funny and charming, warm and wise and also heartbreaking.’ Novel Gossip ‘Will warm your heart and then turn around and break it. Laugh out loud funny and heart-achingly sad, this is one that will play on all of your emotions.’ Goodreads Reviewer ‘Such a wonderful, uplifting yet heartbreaking novel… I found myself laughing out loud.’ Goodreads Reviewer ‘A cross between Bridget Jones and Eleanor Oliphant. A poignant look at love, loss and the pursuit of happiness… I found myself flying through the pages as I lost track of time.’ Goodreads Reviewer ‘Makes you laugh, cry, feel the bottom drop out of your stomach and then sigh with satisfaction as you turn the last page.’ Goodreads Reviewer
Thank you for giving me the absolute pleasure of reading this book.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I absolutely adored this book. The characters were so real that it sucked you in and made you feel part of the story.
Author: Ruby Hummingbird
‘A beautiful and touching story, it has been utterly impossible to put down, and has really tugged on my heartstrings… Pulled me in from the very beginning. I have devoured this book in just one sitting… Fantastic.’ Little Book Miss Lover 87, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Just because you feel ordinary doesn’t mean you aren’t extraordinary to someone else. Sixty-two-year-old Elsie knows what she likes. Custard creams at four o’clock, jigsaw puzzles with a thousand pieces, her ivy covered, lavender-scented garden. Ten-year-old Billy would rather spend his Saturdays kicking a ball, or watching TV, or anything really, other than being babysat by his grumpy neighbour Elsie and being force fed custard creams. If it was up to them, they’d have nothing to do with each other. Unfortunately, you can’t choose who you live next door to. But there is always more to people than meets the eye… Elsie doesn’t know that Billy’s afraid to go to school now, or why his mother woke him up in the middle of the night with an urgent shake, bags already packed, ready to flee their home. Billy doesn’t know that the rusting red tin he finds buried in Elsie’s treasured garden is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode her carefully organised life. And that when he digs it up, he is unearthing a secret that has lain dormant for twenty-eight years… This moving tale is for anyone who has ever felt the pang of loneliness, or worried that their broken heart might never be the same again. Fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, The Keeper of Lost Things and The Library of Lost and Found will fall head over heels for this life-affirming novel that shows us that if you’re willing to take a risk, happiness is only ever a heartbeat away. Readers absolutely love The Garden of Lost Memories: ‘WOW!!! This book was absolutely amazing. My heart was breaking… I found myself laughing at some of their antics and then tearing up at other times. This is one of the best books I have read… It was phenomenal and I could read this over and over.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘OMG how amazing was this book!... Captivating… Left me with a smile on my face and I could not help but chuckle… An enchanting story that captured my heart.’ Chells and Books, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I was totally smitten with this book… Ruby Hummingbird has produced a magnificent 5-star read that left me with a comfy feeling and a general sense of contentment. I recommend The Garden Of Lost Memories without a flicker of hesitation, so don’t miss out!’ Brianne’s Book Review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Such a gorgeous book! If you need a distraction from the outside world, or if you need a reminder of the joy of human kindness, read this… Beautifully written and wonderful.’ Sibzzreads, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I loved this book! I give it ten stars! It is inspiring, heartfelt and exactly what we need right now!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I absolutely loved this book!... Definitely a feel-good book… Has a magical, surreal feeling to it… I absolutely loved the fact that there was a mysterious element to this book… A definite 5/5 for me!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Just perfection!... What a beautiful story this was. Moving, beautifully written... Thank you for giving me the absolute pleasure of reading this book.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I absolutely adored this book. The characters were so real that it sucked you in and made you feel part of the story. You didn't want it to end!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I loved it!... A beautifully written tale of friendship, overcoming hurdles and how the kindness of just one person can mean so much… I was thinking about the story days after I finished it – all signs of a bloody good book!’ Mrs Roadley, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Picking up a book by Ruby Hummingbird is like coming home and settling into your favourite armchair. You know you're going to get comfortable and warm and everything will be okay by the end of the night… I was keen to see whether she would be able to hit the bar again. To put it quite simply, yes she has… This is another fine example of ‘up-lit’ at its best… Thank you Ruby for another wonderful story. 5 twinkly stars from me.’ Sandie’s Book Shelves, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I loved this book!... I couldn’t stop reading it… What more could you want?! The story is written beautifully and it shows the impact we can all have on other’s lives.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Such a sweet story!... Elsie and Billy feel real to me and I could not put down the book!... I highly recommend if you like a good, inspirational read.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘This is one of my new very favourite stories and one I will not forget! This is my first novel by Ruby Hummingbird, but I am off to check out her other novel and I cannot wait!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I was absolutely blown away by the touching, beautifully written storyline… Packed full of characters who leap from the pages and touch your heart.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘A beautifully written, lovely story that is perfect for those who books like A Man Called Ove or Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine!’ All the Good Books, ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Lovely, heartwarming story… I was sad to see it end. What more can I say? The characters are all real and believable, and from the very beginning I was cheering both Billy and Elsie on. It was beautiful… Kept me intrigued and turning pages long after my bath water ran cold.’ Kaleido Soul, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (by Jane Manley Jackson) I
found Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine very moving, sad, and also incredibly
uplifting. It made me realize that I don't always appreciate the richness of my life ...
Author: Helen Taylor
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Ian McEwan once said, 'When women stop reading, the novel will be dead.' This book explains how precious fiction is to contemporary women readers, and how they draw on it to tell the stories of their lives. Female readers are key to the future of fiction and—as parents, teachers, and librarians—the glue for a literate society. Women treasure the chance to read alone, but have also gregariously shared reading experiences and memories with mothers, daughters, grandchildren, and female friends. For so many, reading novels and short stories enables them to escape and to spread their wings intellectually and emotionally. This book, written by an experienced teacher, scholar of women's writing, and literature festival director, draws on over 500 interviews with and questionnaires from women readers and writers. It describes how, where, and when British women read fiction, and examines why stories and writers influence the way female readers understand and shape their own life stories. Taylor explores why women are the main buyers and readers of fiction, members of book clubs, attendees at literary festivals, and organisers of days out to fictional sites and writers' homes. The book analyses the special appeal and changing readership of the genres of romance, erotica, and crime. It also illuminates the reasons for British women's abiding love of two favourite novels, Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre. Taylor offers a cornucopia of witty and wise women's voices, of both readers themselves and also writers such as Hilary Mantel, Helen Dunmore, Katie Fforde, and Sarah Dunant. The book helps us understand why—in Jackie Kay's words—'our lives are mapped by books.'