On the 25th October 2018 Sith Form members of the school Book Club had the chance to meet Gail Honeyman the author of the publishing phenomena: Elinor Oliphant is completely fine (Elinor). We were guests of Wolverhampton University where Gail was speaking as part of their “Big Read” programme. Every new student to the university this year was given a copy of “Elinor” to read in an initiative to encourage reading for pleasure and cross-curricular teaching. As the only 6th form students invited to attend we felt highly honoured. We had all read and enjoyed Elinor as the inaugural read of the 6th form Book Club. We learnt about the inspiration for the novel when Gail read a newspaper article about the increase in loneliness among young people who often found themselves in a strange city and new job. Gail joined a creative writing group and began to write Elinor and after a long apprentiship was discovered by an agent and the rest his history as they say.
This quirky and touhing read was a unanimous hit with Book Clubbers so it was fantastic to understand the inspiration behing the story and meet the softly spoken Scottish author.