Quite simply, this is a most lovely book. One that will quietly soothe the broken parts of your heart. From 1950 to 1996, from a British working-class town to Italy and back, this is about finding reasons to start living again when everything seems to have been lost. About rediscovering the joys in your past and the hope that there is more to come. Keep this one close and in your heart.
Sometimes the best books come in small packages and this is one that you will just devour on a plane flight or sitting on the beach in one afternoon. Chronicling the love triangle between three people, the book speaks to the depths of friendships in the midst of the inner chaos of doubt and resolve.
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“A beautiful, gentle, lulling story of friendship, love, loss, and loyalty. Winman’s keen insight and his ability to welcome the reader into the intimate, real, and at times quite painful lives of Michael, Ellis, Annie, Dora, and Mabel are a rare gift. Tin Man, which spans from 1950 to 1996, is beautifully set in the small town of Oxford, outside of London, and includes jaunts to Provence. The moment I read the final words of this short gem, I turned back to the first page and began again.”
— Linda McLoughlin Figel, pages: a bookstore, Manhattan Beach, CA
"My favorite book of the year was Tin Man. Sparsely written and achingly beautiful... The most powerful take on love, loss and vulnerability I've read in years." --A Cup of Jo
From internationally bestselling author Sarah Winman comes an unforgettable and heartbreaking novel celebrating love in all its forms, and the little moments that make up the life of one man.
This is almost a love story. But it's not as simple as that.
Ellis and Michael are twelve-year-old boys when they first become friends, and for a long time it is just the two of them, cycling the streets of Oxford, teaching themselves how to swim, discovering poetry, and dodging the fists of overbearing fathers. And then one day this closest of friendships grows into something more.
But then we fast-forward a decade or so, to find that Ellis is married to Annie, and Michael is nowhere in sight. Which leads to the question: What happened in the years between?
With beautiful prose and characters that are so real they jump off the page, Tin Man is a love letter to human kindness and friendship, and to loss and living.
About the Author
Sarah Winman is the author of two novels, When God Was a Rabbit and A Year of Marvelous Ways. She grew up in Essex and now lives in London. She attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to act in theatre, film, and television.