Shortlisted for the 2017 Costa Novel Award 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 an autoworker in a small working-class town. This is almost a love story. But it's not as simple as that. Ellis and Michael are twelve 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.
This is an astoundingly beautiful book. It drips with tenderness. It breaks your heart and warms it all at once -- Matt Haig
This book is why I read -- Nina Pottell
Prima I didn't think a perfect book could exist, I was wrong -- Simon Savidge
Heart-breaking and heart-making -- Ali Land, author of GOOD ME, BAD ME
Tin Man is Winman's best novel yet. The playful subversiveness still bubbles away but there's a new candour there, an acceptance of needs and flaws that proves deeply touching. This is storytelling as cruelly kind as fate itself -- Patrick Gale
It's exquisite. There are stories you just feel privileged to read. Sarah's writing breaks you and heals you, all in the same moment, and I haven't been so moved, and so in love with a book and its characters in a very long time -- Joanna Cannon, author of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP
Sarah Winman 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. She has written two novels, WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT and A YEAR OF MARVELLOUS WAYS.