Book Club

Do you enjoy reading? Why not try reading a book in English then discuss it with friends with a cup of tea and a slice of cake?


Bookclub: “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine”

(Intermediate to Advanced)

About the Author:  Gail Honeyman:

Gail Honeyman (born 1972) is a Scottish writer, whose debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, won the 2017 Costa First Novel Award.

Born and raised in Stirling in central Scotland, to a mother who worked as a civil servant and a father in science, Honeyman was a voracious reader in her childhood.  She studied French language and literature at Glasgow University, before continuing her education at the University of Oxford for a postgraduate course in French poetry. However, she decided that an academic career was not for her. While working as an administrator, Honeyman enrolled in a Faber Academy writing course, submitting the first three chapters of what would become Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine to a competition for unpublished fiction by female writers and won. The book went on to earn numerous awards and wide critical acclaim and has been on many Best Sellers lists.  She lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

Book Summary: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Gail’s endearing heroine, Eleanor Oliphant, leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal special for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy, nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life, except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life. The book touches  upon the loneliness  some young adults experience today.  She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking.

Everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose weirdness and unconscious humor make for an irresistible journey

The only way to survive is to open your heart

Come and join the BOOK CLUB at THE ENGLISH TREE to discuss this book over 4 sessions.

Meetings will take place every 2-3 weeks starting from THURSDAY, 14TH MARCH, 2019 FROM 18:30 TO 20:00 (all dates will be confirmed prior to meetings)

Cost for the 4 sessions if not included in the English lessons: 60 Euros (15 Euros per session), payable in full at first session


  1. Buy the book and start reading as soon as you can from Amazon or Feltrinelli International in Via V.E. Orlando 86, 00185 Rome – you have a 10% discount if you show them an English Tree card
  2. Confirm your place by clicking on “Join” on the website under “News / Events” or by sending us an email at before Monday, 18th February 2019