Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

I was bought this book as a present. I don’t think I would have read it otherwise. Eleanor Oliphant is living a thin life in Glasgow. She goes to work in an office every day, drinks vodka in her flat at weekends and has no friends. Pretty grim reading. To makes matters worse she has weekly phone calls from the mother from hell who is a horrendous snob and needles Eleanor the whole time. For some reason our heroine decides to gradually change her life. She gets her hair done, buys new clothes and strikes up a friendship with the IT guy at work. She is a strange character who seems to know nothing about the modern world and to talk about others as if she is in a Regency novel of manners. Queen Victoria was probably more worldly. This was the bit that didn’t make sense to me. She had suffered terrible abuse as a child and was finally taken into foster care and managed to get to university and get her job. Her complete lack of knowledge of ordinary things like what death metal is does not fit with this background. She does not live in a bubble. She lives in the west end of Glasgow and has a TV. How is she this naive? The book just didn’t make enough sense for me to rate it higher and I didn’t really warm to Eleanor even at the end. Why is it so hyped?



Book Reviews for Gateway into the Dark

5.0 out of 5 starsRiveting read, I really enjoyed it!
21 March 2018
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The story had a great pace and storyline, well thought out with unexpected twists and turns. Definitely a modern romance.
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5.0 out of 5 starsVery Enjoyable.
27 March 2018
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not a usual love story. An interesting twist at then end. I read the whole book in one day, could not put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 starsGood read.
15 April 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
As a male was unsure what to expect. It was a good read though with an unexpected ending. Very well researched and topical for the current climate. My only criticism of a bit harsh was I prefer a longer read. I was fully engrossed then it was all over.
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First memories – first house

I remember a terraced house with a back yard. I used to sweep the yard with a blue brush. I wanted to help my mother. She was always cleaning. The outside got black with dirt from the steelworks. The air was polluted. I coughed all the time. I think I was happy. I can’t remember emotions. There were two golden retriever dogs up the back alley. I was frightened of them. I didn’t want to go along the alley near the dogs. The house was brick. I remember it as darkness, nearly black. There was a green gate at the back. I can’t remember the front. I think I was alone a lot. I don’t remember my sister being there though she must have been. I don’t remember my father being there either. I think he used to go away for work a lot. I remember I used to sing all the time. I remember singing on the bus on the way to the shops with my mum. That was our life. Shopping and cleaning. You had to rub the blackness off the steps to show you were respectable. It was the old industrial north. The sky lit up orange at night. Red dust. It was some kind of pollution. Sometimes we went on trips to the countryside on holidays and day trips. I remember Staithes and the sound of the gulls screeching when you woke up in the holiday cottage in the morning. Yorkshire was like Paradise after Middlesbrough. Everything green. I loved the sea – the sound of the waves crashing. They cut my hair short and I didn’t like it.

Trying to get a Book Deal

So I kind of almost finished my second novel and tried again to get an agent. I sent off the first three chapters and the synopsis and cover letter as advised by all the sites. I chose the agents from the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook. Yet again I failed to get any interest.

I did think this novel was better than my first one. I wrote the most powerful opening I could manage but still not a spark of interest. I tried to be more commercial and fit into a genre. Yet again I failed. The rejection letters are generic and just mention the huge amount of submissions they get. I realise I am wasting my time.

It is hard to keep positive in this situation especially as the British winter has set in with its usual viciousness and we have nothing but damp and cold. I am fighting off my depression like St George with the dragon.

I now don’t know what to do. I could try rewriting my novel completely or I could tart it up a bit and self-publish.

I don’t think if I keep reworking it that it will ever be finished.

So here I am again.

Going on.

Yogi Cameron The One Plan Weeks 7. and 8 Review

These two weeks are about conserving your sexual energy in order to be more spiritual. As I am not so much interested in sex these days this is easy for me. Other than that it is the usual eating a healthy vegetarian diet.

I have been doing quite well eating a vegetarian diet which is mostly healthy. I have been doing lots of exercise: yoga, HIIT and weight training. My muscles have been aching but I have enjoyed it and I have more energy. I have cheated a few days having naughty foods and wine on the weekends. I need more willpower. I have been quite productive working on my MSc and sending my novel off to agents. I have sent my book off to an editor. I have now started my third novel.

I went to a meditation class at the Norwich Buddhist Centre for the first time ever. I really enjoyed it and it has given me more motivation to continue my practice. 

I don’t feel wholly well yet but I feel I am taking baby steps to wellness. 

New novel: Syria – A Woman’s Tale

I have finally finished my second novel. It’s title is : Syria – A Woman’s Tale. It’s about a girl called Molly from Manchester who goes to Syria to find her husband who she suspects has joined ISIS.  It’s taken me a long time to write as I kept breaking off to do other things. It still needs some tweaking. So now I have the decision of what to do with it. I could attempt to get a deal or I could self-publish again.  I am still deciding.  I would love a proper publisher this time.  Here’s hoping.

Yogi Cameron The One Plan Day 28 Monthly review

Weight 63.8 kg Weight gain

Breakfast: apple

Lunch: vegetarian curry with rice

Snack: dairy free Victoria sponge

Dinner: none

Meditation 20 mins

Exercise: yoga 30 mins, dog walking 1 hour

So I have been doing The One Plan for a month now. I have not kept to it strictly. I have cheated a lot. I have cut out alcohol, caffeine, meat, fish, milk, yoghurt and cheese. That’ s quite a bit. I have upped my exercise. I do feel more alert and I have more energy. I am still not fully well. I am sure my energy levels are not at normal levels and I still sometimes have low mood. In general I am happier though. I am not as productive as I would like to be. SoI have a long way to go but I see chinks of light. I haven’t lost any weight overall so I have to work on reducing calories. I have started to catch my negative thoughts and change them. Meditation has helped me feel calm. I have worked on honesty. I feel spiritual and that I am living ethically. Today was a lovely day out in Cambridge where I went to the Degas exhibition. I felt very tired afterwards. I am healing. I have to keep it up.