Reese Witherpoon options Next Chapter Awardee Gail Honeyman's Debut Novel

Category: Writing

Gail Honeyman was the recipient of our very first Next Chapter Award in 2014 and this week launched of her debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. As if that wasn't enough excitement for one week, it was also announced that Reese Witherspoon's’s production company, Hello Sunshine, plans to produce a film adaptation of the book.

Gail Honeyman Eleanor Oliphant Launch
The Next Chapter Award recognises and supports an emerging writer over the age of 40 yet to publish a full-length work for whom finding time and space to write has proved especially challenging. Gail impressed the judging panel with an extract from Eleanor Oliphant and, as part of her award, received a £1,000 bursary, nine months of mentoring and four weeks on retreat at creative writing centre Moniack Mhor to give her time to develop the novel.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, tipped as one of the books to look foward to in 2017, has generated a huge buzz and we're already trying to work out who we'd cast in the film. Congratulations Gail, we're looking forward to your next next chapter! 


Find out more about the Next Chapter Award.

Photo credit @ Kay Bohan