The stunning debut by Gail HoneymanEleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, has bounced back to No. 1 on the UK Official Top 50 list.  The book sold 22,040 paperbacks last week, battling Lee Child in photo finish-worthy fashion, beating him by just 657!

Gail Honeyman has now spent six weeks in the overall No. 1 spot, and 11 weeks as the paperback (fiction) No. 1. This puts her a hair’s breadth away from equaling Paula Hawkins’ record, whose book The Girl on the Train spent twelve weeks at the top. And the signs are looking promising – Eleanor Oliphant is showing the same sort of weekly sales figures, with no real sign of letting up. It has only dipped below 18,00 copies sold in a week once.

In more statistics kindly provided by The Bookseller, Honeyman’s title is now “the longest-running debut number one in the  [mass market fiction] category since E L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey (Arrow), which scored 19 weeks in 2012.”

The book is also No. 1 in Ireland for the 13th week running.


All of this comes on the back of the shortlisting for the Desmond Elliott Prize, and the imminent results of The British Book Awards, for which Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine has been shortlisted for three gongs.

Exciting times indeed!