Winner of the british book awards book of the year 2018 waterstones fiction book of the month for february 2018 winner of the 2017 costa book awards first novel award longlisted for the women's prize for fiction 2018 shortlisted for the desmond elliott prize 2018 when people ask me what i do ndash taxi drivers, dental hygienists ndash i tell them i work in an office. In almost nine years, no ones ever asked what kind of office, or what sort of job i do there. I cant decide whether thats because i fit perfectly with their idea of what an office worker looks like, or whether people hear the phrase work in an office and automatically fill in the blanks themselves ndash lady doing photocopying, man tapping at keyboard. Eleanor oliphant has learned how to survive but not how to live she leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted whilst searching for the courage to face the dark corners she's avoided all her life. Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than... Fine? Widely hailed as the fiction debut of 2017, eleanor oliphant is completely fine is a triumph of deft observation of everyday life. By turns laugh aloud funny and deeply poignant, it is a book that champions everyday courage and the importance of friendship in a world where people are increasingly isolated. Challenging the stigmas that exist around loneliness in contemporary society, it is a gentle reminder of those we too easily overlook and how a life can be changed by small acts of kindness.