It seems Gail Honeyman‘s incredible 2017 isn’t quite over yet. Just two weeks ago, we shared the news that her stunning debut Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine  was the bestselling debut of the year in hardback. Today, we can announce that this remarkable book has been chosen as WHSmith Fiction Book of the Year, and will be featured as such in every high street store across the country.


The Book of the Year is endorsed by Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, who have fallen under Eleanor’s delightful spell too, saying: “We love discovering talented new authors and wonderful new books, and sharing those discoveries with other readers. That’s why we’re delighted that Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine has been picked as the W H Smith Fiction Book of the Year. It’s already one of the bestselling debut novels of 2017 and that’s no surprise –  it’s a wonderful read; a book that has it all – sad, funny, engaging, intelligent and warm.”


Sue Scholes, W H Smith fiction buyer, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the W H Smith Fiction Book of the Year for 2017. I absolutely loved it, and so did everyone else who I know who has read it. It’s a very deserving winner.”


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is also a finalist in the GoodReads choice awards, and you can place your vote here.