Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Gail Honeyman
Format: Hardback Pages: 400 pages Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication Date: 18/05/2017 Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945) ISBN: 9780008172114

The Other Mrs Walker

Mary Paulson-Ellis
Format: Paperback Pages: 448 pages Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publication Date: 27/03/2017 Category: Crime & mystery ISBN: 9781447293927
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Books of the Year 2017 – A Literary Advent Calendar

December 4, 2017 | by SRB

We’ve asked Scotland’s leading writers, booksellers, festival directors and critics to pick one, or two, books — published this year or in the past — that they most enjoyed reading in 2017. There will be new selections every day until 21 December — so keep reading for great ideas about what to read next and visit your nearest high street bookshop to purchase your Christmas gifts! Angie Crawford from Waterstones takes us forward on 4 December.

ANGIE CRAWFORD, Waterstones Scotland

Originally published in hardback last year, The Other Mrs Walker by Mary Paulson-Ellis has been a triumph for us at Waterstones this year in paperback (Picador, £7.99 pbk), so much so that we have ordered a beautiful exclusive Christmas edition. Paulson-Ellis has a refreshingly original style, and her book brims with intricate, subtle plotting that gently simmers to a satisfying conclusion. The two narratives spanning post-war London and contemporary Edinburgh give us a novel rich in family drama and sophisticated prose tinged with dry humour. A cracking read.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman’s debut novel (HarperCollins, £12.99) blew my mind earlier this year. The eponymous character of Eleanor is a work of sheer genius:  I felt that I knew her intimately, like a dear friend. It’s a beautifully written story, with a first person narrative that is both is raw and  endearing and an overarching theme of kindness.  A real highlight for 2017, and I can’t wait to see what Honeyman writes next.

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