Tin Man by Sarah Winman will be featured on the Radio 2 Book Club on Monday 21 August.
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It begins with a painting won in a raffle: fifteen sunflowers, hung on the wall by a woman who believes that men and boys are capable of beautiful things.
And then there are two boys, Ellis and Michael, who are inseparable.
And the boys become men, and then Annie walks into their lives, and it changes nothing and everything.
Selection panel review
The book was selected with the help of a panel of library staff from across the UK. Our readers loved Tin Man – here are some of their comments:
“The writing is effortless, the story is sweet and poetic, human and engaging – all in all a good read. I like the way that the story unfolds quite subtly, there are no big shocks, but interesting details and the character of the people in the story are gently revealed as the book progresses, keeping you engaged and interested to read more, but without feeling compelled because of suspense or big plot twists. I think she’s a very talented writer, the characters and story felt very real to me. I really enjoyed it – the characters are so well drawn, and the story is really about the complexity of human relationships, about friendship and romance and the lines in between. It is both sweet and sad to read, in just the right measures.”
“This was just wonderful. I read it pretty much in one greedy, emotional sitting. You can’t help but fall in love with these characters and lose yourself in the story.”
About the author
Sarah Winman is the author of bestsellers When God was a Rabbit and A Year of Marvellous Ways. She was an actor for 30 years in theatre, TV and film.
Sarah’s family is from east Oxford, originally a working class area, and where the novel is partly set. Tin Man is a term used to refer to the highly skilled panel beaters who worked in the car factory with her grandfather back in Oxford.
Sarah grew up in Essex, and she now lives in London with her partner, Patricia.
Tune in to Simon Mayo’s Drivetime show on Monday 21 August to hear a live interview with Sarah.
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