As announced last night on Radio 4’s Front Row, Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, with the judges (Sandy Mahal, Sophie Raworth and Simon Savidge) calling it “Tender, touching, endearing and heartbreaking in equal measure”.


This is such a wonderful achievement, and fully-deserved for an author who has brought tears and laughter to many thousands of readers now acquainted with the utterly unique Eleanor Oliphant.


The Costa Book Awards is one of the UK’s most prestigious and popular literary prizes and recognises the most enjoyable books of the year, written by authors based in the UK and Ireland. The other shortlisted titles are: The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks (Salt), Montpelier Parade by Karl Geary (Harvill Secker) and The Haunting of Henry Twist by Rebecca F. John (Serpent’s Tail).


This thrilling news comes after an equally exciting few weeks for Eleanor Oliphant. Last night Gail and Madeleine were at the Books are my Bag Readers Awards ceremony, where Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine was a finalist; it has been chosen as WHSmith’s Fiction Book of the Year, as endorsed by Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan; and not long before that was announced it was also heralded as the biggest selling debut hardback of 2017.


This type of book doesn’t come around very often, and Gail you deserve to revel in every moment of its success – huge congratulations from us all!


The winner of the Costa First Novel Award will be announced on Tuesday 2nd January 2018, and the Costa Book of the Year on Tuesday 30th January 2018.