Culture Street

By Sophia Whitfield
This fabulous debut is about loneliness; the all too familiar feeling no one really talks about. Despite its sad subject matter this lyrical book is uproariously funny.

Eleanor Oliphant leads an ordinary life. She wears the same comfortable clothes to work every day and has had the same office menial job for ten years. She keeps to herself never socialising with her work colleagues.

On the weekends she goes home and drinks two bottles of vodka. From the time she leaves work on Friday night to the time she starts work on Monday morning she sees no one.

Her life is ordered and simple until one day a freak accident throws her in the way of a new acquaintance. She finds herself embraced by a new family and after years of isolation is faced with the daunting prospect of having to socialise. The description of her shopping for appropriate clothing for her outings are hilarious, and her trip to the hair salon where she thanks Laura for making her ‘shiny’ is both tragic and delightful.

Every character feels real but it is Eleanor who shines with all her quirks and idiosyncrasies. Her constant assessment of the world around her is childlike and delightful in its honesty.

Definitely a book to put on your list. Buy the book in Australia here and in the UK here.

You Might Also Like

Books

The Nita B Kibble Literary Awards for Women Writers Announced

The Nita B Kibble Literary Awards for Women Writers recognises the work of an established author and the work of a first time published author.

On July 25, 2012

Books

The lost art of letter writing

By Sophia Whitfield

On September 9, 2012

Books

The Costa Book Award winner has been announced

The overall winner of the Costa Book Award has been announced as Days Without end by Sebastian Barry. He beat Keggie Carew with her biography Dadland and Alice Oswald with...

On February 2, 2017
 

Books

Bill Clinton and James Patterson to pen novel together

Former US president Bill Clinton and James Patterson are teaming up to pen a thriller based on Clinton’s experience in the White House. The book will be released in June...

On May 9, 2017

Books

An author gets a little too much information on a book tour

By Sophia Whitfield

On November 12, 2012

Books

The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen

Judith McPherson is the 10-year-old heroine of this intriguing debut novel.  Her mother died during her birth and her father remains grief stricken, isolating Judith from his life. The one...

On April 23, 2012
 
Copyright © 2012 - 2017 Culture Street
Contact: info@culturestreet.com.au