From Anna Burns’ Man Booker Prize-winning Milkman to Michelle Obama’s much anticipated memoir Becoming, 2018 has seen a plethora of amazing fiction and non-fiction books arrive on our shelves.
But according to the third annual Books Are My Bag Readers Awards, which see shortlists put together by booksellers and votes placed by the public, there’s one that we as a nation have loved above all others: Gail Honeyman’s bestseller, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.
In this year’s awards, more than 55,000 votes were cast by book lovers across the UK. Eleanor Oliphant was named top in the Reader’s Choice category, which is the only section where the public can nominate their favourite book of the year without a shortlist.
For those who’ve not read it yet, the novel tells the story of Eleanor, who struggles with social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. She manages her life with a careful timetable, to ensure everything remains stable – but when she meets Raymond, the laid-back IT guy from her office, their shared experiences change her outlook, and helps her realise that perhaps things can be more than just ‘fine’.
The Books Are My Bag accolade isn’t the only award the tale has been awarded – it’s already won the Costa First Novel Award, and was named Book of the Year at the British Novel Awards.
In fact, Eleanor’s story has proved so popular that it’s set to be turned into a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, with thousands of readers looking forward to seeing their out-of-the-ordinary heroine translated to the big screen.
However, the film is still in production, and set to be released in 2019, so if you’ve not already read Eleanor Oliphant, now is your chance before everyone is talking about it once again…