With the book having now sold more than a million copies across all formats in the UK, it is thrilling to see a similar reaction to the unique story across the pond. Of course, the hardback was also welcomed with open arms, with Reese Witherspoon describing it as “Beautifully written and incredibly funny… I fell in love with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger.”
Witherspoon has optioned the film rights to the book, and plans to star in the adaptation.
Gail is currently on tour in the US where they celebrated Eleanor Oliphant Day with widespread participation in bookshops and on social media, with librarians and readers across the country also joining in.
The novel sold into three further territories this week to hit an incredible 40 languages. It has also been No.1 on the UK Sunday Times Bestseller List for 10 weeks and in the top 10 for 30 weeks, winning the Costa First Novel Award and two British Book Awards. It is also up for the Desmond Elliot Prize later this week.
Congratulations Gail on your global success – as Penguin Books said, Eleanor is No.1 in the charts and in our hearts. We couldn’t be prouder.