Most of us live in communities surrounded by others – be it family, friends, neighbours or even co-workers. But for some of us, life can be lonely. If you are one of the few who have yet to read this runaway success debut novel, then you are in for a treat.

Eleanor Oliphant is nearly thirty years old and lives alone in her apartment in Glasgow. In fact, not only does she live alone but she spends all her time alone – even at work she doesn’t speak to anyone if she can avoid it – and she is completely fine with this. Nothing is missing from her life. Her carefully planned and ordered life.

Or is it?

Eleanor’s life, it turns out, is not complete. Nor is it as straightforward as it first appears. A friendly offer to hold the door open from a co-worker, Raymond, threatens to bring down her ordered life and reveal the truth of her past.

Sometimes a little kindness can make a world of difference.