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Tin Man

Publisher: Viking
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.

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1950

All Dora Judd ever told anyone about that night three weeks before Christmas was that she won the painting in a raffle.

She remembered being out in the back garden, as lights from the Cowley Car Plant spilled across the darkening sky, smoking her last cigarette, thinking there must be more to life...
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READING GUIDE

Book Club Guide for Tin Man
 
1.       Tin Man is narrated by both Michael and Ellis, each in a different section. What was this reading experience like? Whose story is this?
2.       The female characters in the novel are pivotal in...
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PRAISE FOR

"The most therapeutic emotional journey of the year." —Entertainment Weekly

"Reading London author Sarah Winman’s latest novel is like being drawn into a favourite painting, as you stand before it on the wall of the gallery, filling in the meaning and story behind the brush strokes." —Winnipeg Free Press

“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      

“These are real people, in all their anxieties and quirks, their good intentions and their unfortunate choices, just as we all are. And all this is an impressive accomplishment, even for a novelist who already seemed to know the truth about humanity by heart and could spill it onto the page with ease.” —The Globe and Mail 

“Tin Man is a love story that will break your heart. Ellis and Michael have been inseparable since they were 12 years old. As they grow in age, they grow in closeness, questioning and blurring the lines between love and friendship. But then, fast forwarding into the future, Ellis is married to Annie and Michael is gone. And it’s time to find out what happened in between. You’ll devour all 213 pages of Tin Man in one sitting, then wish for 213 more.” —Hello Giggles

“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.” —Waterstones.com

“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

“Delirious joy mixes page by page with cruel circumstance.” —Star Tribune

“Tinged with a palpable sense of sadness and loss, this beautiful work is ultimately hopeful and achingly human.” —Zip06