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Tin Man

Category: Book
By (author): Winman, Sarah
Subject:  FICTION / Coming of Age
  FICTION / Family Life
  FICTION / General
Awards: Costa Novel Award (2017) Short-listed
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Published: May 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 7.31in x 4.81in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*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.
Review Quote*One of The Guardian's Best Books of 2017

"A beautiful book-pared back and unsentimental, assured, full of warmth, and told with a kind of tenderness that makes you ache." -Rachel Joyce
"This is an astoundingly beautiful book. It drips with tenderness. It breaks your heart and warms it all at once." -Matt Haig      

"Nuanced and compassionate… Winman has revealed herself to be a writer of great empathy and a sensitive chronicler of the impact of grief…beautifully restrained…The writing is powerful and yet understated… With her skilful command of language and deep emotional insight, Winman has produced in the exquisitely crafted Tin Man her best novel to date." -The Guardian

"A marvel, full of love, longing and loss, huge emotions described in such a beautifully understated way that their impact is all the more powerful… heartrending, spare and moving."- Sunday Express
"Guaranteed to break your heart, Tin Man is a tender and beautiful tale of love and loss." -Stylist

"This beautiful book is why I read." -Prima      

"Packs an enormous punch." -Independent

"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
"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                      
"Heart-breaking and heart-making." -Ali Land      
"I didn't think a perfect book could exist, I was wrong." -Simon Savidge                    
"A brilliantly simple and sad novel." Observer
"It was beautiful, and occasionally, it hurt,' says Michael-and this exactly describes the wonder of this bruisingly tender book." -Psychologies magazine

"[A] small but powerful novel." -Sunday Telegraph

 "A beautifully written novel." -Daily Mail

 "A short but emotionally charged novel." -Daily Express

"A short but powerful novel about love and friendship." -Woman & Home

 "Echoing the artfulness of a James Baldwin classic with the colourful melancholy of Haruki Murakami … this book is a somehow altogether breathless and loud testament to love, beauty, loss and art, and is perhaps exactly what we need. A true curer, this book is a painting with words that'll leave you hungover in all the right ways." ***** The Skinny

"A slim little gem." -Good Housekeeping

 "Be still my hammered, malleable heart. What a mighty little book this is! Sarah Winman's third novel is an absolute work of art."

"As an exploration of human relationships, of love, loss and the passage of time, it's a beautiful journey." -Vogue Australia

"Beautiful and heartbreaking." -Sunday Herald

"Emotionally devastating." -Marie Clare

 "Sarah Winman's vibrant new novel is a story of friendship, mortality and heartache, told in such beautiful prose that I had to consciously take breaks from it so I didn't devour it too quickly… deeply moving… the use of language is beautiful and the focus on emotion is such that it left me feeling bereft when I finished the last page… A rare find: an incredibly tender, ephemeral story to savour… ephemeral yet powerful… a series of poignant moments of love lost and found, it will leave you feeling wrung out yet better for it… every fleeting moment of Tin Man is worth repeating, again and again." -Stylist

"A little book with a big heart… A beautiful story about love, loss and longing." -Red

"Tin Man sparkles with a timeless beauty that few other authors can invoke… Tin Man is disarmingly lovely and unequivocally heart breaking… It's impossible not to fall for these characters; they're so real, so fragile, and so human…There aren't very many books like this and it makes the experience of reading Winman's words so special. Her fiction runs along the page like poetry and she writes the type of sentences you want to read out loud because they roll off the tongue so beautifully. There's so much feeling in this story and it's all explored with such tender honesty. Every moment, big and small, feels impossibly important and the fact that it manages to have such an impact without spilling over the 200-page mark is testament to Winman's excellent and emotive writing. Forget every other novel released this month and just read Tin Man, it's the perfect tale of love, loss and life." '★★★★★' Culture Fly

"A haunting, beautiful read." -Australian Financial Review

"There's a tender, sensual and often painful romanticism at the heart of Tin Man that envelops you in its cloak of words and pulls you deep into its world. You can devour this book in one sitting if you have a day to spare and that is certainly the most delicious and rewarding way to read it… It's a beautifully crafted tale about love, loss, friendship and what might have been… gentle and powerful at once. A tour de force." -Australian Women's Weekly

"Winman's characters grieve not only for people but also for the desires they've relinquished, whether sexual, artistic or emotional. The beautifully restrained language makes this Winman's best work till date."-The Telegraph India
Biographical NoteSARAH WINMAN is the author of two novels, When God Was a Rabbit and A Year of Marvelous Ways. She attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to act in theatre, film, and television.