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Gail Honeyman, Nell Stevens and Angie Thomas on the Book She'd Never Lend

Presented by Mariella Frostrup. Gail Honeyman talks about her first novel, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.

Gail Honeyman's debut novel Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine caused a stir at last year's Frankfurt Book Fair and is one of this year's hotly tipped summer reads. She talks to Mariella Frostrup about her strange, solitary heroine, and the place of loneliness in fiction.

Nell Stevens talks about her own experience of solitude - she spent six weeks totally alone in the Falkland Islands as she attempted to write her first novel; Emma Henderson explores the rich archive of Alpine writing and bestselling novelist Angie Thomas shares the book she'd never lend.

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28 minutes


  • Gail Honeyman

    Duration: 07:57

  • Emma Henderson on Alpine writing

    Duration: 04:26

  • Nell Stevens

    Duration: 09:57

  • Angie Thomas on The Book I'd Never Lend

    Duration: 04:49

Read the first chapter of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman: Chapter One.


Role Contributor
Presenter Mariella Frostrup
Interviewed Guest Gail Honeyman
Interviewed Guest Nell Stevens
Interviewed Guest Emma Henderson
Interviewed Guest Angie Thomas


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