I don’t know what inspired me to write this post. The CheltenhamMaman Alternative Book Club, that I started up a while back, I let wither away and actually I suppose I sort of lost my reading mojo and got all caught up in making my business all shiny and strong.
Those of you who read the blog religiously will know I gave myself a talking to this Christmas and as a result I now read before I go to bed rather than scroll through the lives of others (don’t get me wrong I still do plenty of scrolling – just not at bed time!)
I follow the gorgeous Erica Davies on Instagram and she suggested a couple of books under her hashtag #editedrecommends – one of them was this one and I was really taken by the cover (I am a marketers dream), so it fell into my Amazon Prime basket even though this January I have had severe ‘essential expenditure only’ talking tos from the Papa on several occasions. Maintaining my mental health is essential in my view!
So this book. It’s a goody. The book is centred around the life of Eleanor Oliphant. I recall she is in her late twenties, lives in Glasgow, during the week works as an administrator for a graphic design firm and on Friday nights stops off at the supermarket where she picks up a pizza, two bottles of red wine and two litres of vodka and proceeds to essentially comatose herself, all alone until Monday morning when she next encounters another living being.
The story is deeply sad and explores the concept of loneliness in a way many of us Mums will never understand. We are all so busy praying for just a few moments of alone time that it’s hard to imagine that there are people out there who have no-one in their lives. This story is also hilarious. I belly laughed several times as I followed Eleanor on her journey of discovery as she accidentally discovers the art of human interaction and ultimately friendship/love. I also found out what a jerkin is – tell me I’m not the only one who had never heard of one?
The characters Eleanor encounters prove that kindness is still very much alive and kicking and that if you scale life back to the modern day bare bones (i.e a roof over your head, a steady but far from exhilarating job and a TV set) you can probably see that kindness in a much sharper light.
This blog is a little different to my usual blogs – it’s just a short recommendation of a book that you should take a look at that will make you a better person and also ensure you turn your head away from a screen for a short while.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on it? Rumour has it Reese Witherspoon’s new production company will be turning it into a film! My money is on Anne Hathaway with a decent English accent as Eleanor and maybe James Cordon with a Glaswegian twang as Raymond…. comment below when you’ve read it to let me know if you agree?