Tin Man by Sarah Winman

Tin Man

This is almost a love story.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...

Details Tin Man

TitleTin Man
Release DateJul 27th, 2017
PublisherTinder Press
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Lgbt, Literary Fiction

Reviews Tin Man

  • Lola
    I feel peaceful. Once in a while, I read a book that astonishes me. Not simply because it is well-written and well-imagined, but because the sensitivity of the characters remind me of why human beings are worth it.Why they are worth not only our time and money, but also our friendship and love. It’s no secret that humans can be awful to one another, but they can also be each other’s saviours.This is more than a story about first love. It’s ...
  • Emily May
    And Ellis remembered thinking he would never meet anyone like him again, and in that acknowledgement, he knew, was love. What a beautiful, bittersweet story about first love.Tin Man is a short book at just over two-hundred pages, but it packs a powerful punch. It follows the intoxicating relationship between Ellis and Michael, from the time they were young boys. In their youth, the pair create their own little world of cycling, swimming and art i...
  • Larry H
    Oh my god, did I love this book. I don't know if everyone will feel the same way I did, but this one had me from the first page to the last.I know that blurbs on the covers of books often come from friends or other authors from the same publisher, but when Matt Haig says, "This is an astoundingly beautiful book. It drips with tenderness. It breaks your heart and warms it all at once," how can you resist?"'There's something about first love, isn't...
  • Elyse
    This story is so sad - with memories of love - loss - loneliness- grief - regret. ... and special friendships. It’s tragic and beautiful— Sarah Winman had me in the palm of her hands at the very start of her novel..and held me there until the end. The writing is wonderful -original- artful - lucid - simple and emotionally powerful. Ellis and Michael became best friends as kids. Their friendship was sacred - their bond strong - and then when t...
  • Angela M
    This isn’t going to be a very lengthy review because I don't think anything I can say will do justice in describing the powerful relationships of these characters. I can though, say that this is an incredibly sad and beautiful story. The sadness and grief and loss and loneliness is tempered only by the love that these characters have for each other. Dora and Ellis and Mabel and Michael and Anne. The writing is quiet, descriptive, introspective ...
  • Simon
    I didn't think a perfect book could exist, I was wrong. As Michael says within 'It was beautiful and, occasionally, it hurt.' Get ready for me to go on and on and on about Sarah Winman's incredible third novel Tin Man, it's stunning. One of the most beautiful portraits of love, friendship and understanding. Don't be surprised if it's my book of the year as it's probably going to be one of my favourite books ever.
  • Navidad Thelamour
    There’s something about first love, isn’t there? she said. It’s untouchable to those who played no part in it. But it’s the measure of all that follows…Tin Man is a nostalgic and melancholy read filled with bitter memories and finding oneself at middle age—at any age. More so than plot, this novel offers a meandering of tender memories that all coalesce like rivers in a delta, pooling into one larger story.Quite honestly, Tin Man offe...
  • Cheri
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! “O, I’m gonna be woundedO, I’m gonna be your woundO, I’m gonna bruise youO, you’re gonna be my bruise” -- The Words of Your Body, Spring Awakening ”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, t...
  • Tucker
    “Tin Man” has been shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year and is certainly worthy of that nomination. The book is a profound exploration of friendship,the complexities of human relationships, grief, loss, identity, belonging, and love in all it’s forms. "We love who we love, don’t we?” The consideration of alternative paths one’s life can take was particularly poignant and really resonated with me. “How cruel it was that our pl...
  • jessica
    void /void/adjectivecompletely emptyan accurate definition of my feelings since finishing this book. i feel like someone took my heart and wrung it out dry of every emotion i am capable of feeling. this was as story about the complexity of human emotions - the suffocating power of grief, the deafening silence of loneliness, the glimmering light of hope, the comfortable steadiness of friendship, and the ever consuming ability of love. a very movin...
  • Karen
    I just loved this book! As The Guardian says about it “Tin Man is a story about alternate lives that might have been lived had circumstances been different” Hence this is a story of love, loss,and extreme loneliness.... of a friendship that starts out with two young boys and later a girl, caught up in a tender love triangle. Deeply affecting..the loneliness is palpable. This is one story I won’t forget. I, as a few others who have read this...
  • Diane S ☔
    4+ I starts with a picture of Sunflowers, the same painting Van Gogh painted in the French countryside. Dora, pregnant with Ellis wins this copy and againt her husband's wishes hangs it in her house. She will look at its sunny face, day after day, whenever things become unbearable. Michael and Ellis meet when they are twelve, become best friends and for a while something more. Than Ellis meets Annie, and the two of them include Michael in their l...
  • Dorie ** Traveling Sister**
    I had never read anything by Sarah Winman and I was blown away with the beautiful prose and tremendous “heart” in this story. As some other reviewers have said, this is a hard book to review.The story actually begins in 1950, before Ellis is born, when his mother Dora wins a prize at a bar and she chooses a copy of Van Gogh’s picture of sunflowers in the French countryside. She had seen the picture and others by Van Gogh during a school tri...
  • Malia
    I don't know why I waited so long to read this book, but now that I have, I want everyone else to read it, too! This is my first book by Sarah Winman, though I am sure it won't be my last. It tells a quiet story, and one that truly moved me. I don't want to get too much into the plot, because there are a few twists I don't want to spoil. That being said, it is a deeply character driven book (my favorite kind!), and while it is tinged in melanchol...
  • Warda
    A story so simple and short, yet so powerful. This book was an absolute joy to read. There were so many emotions going through my mind, my heart whilst reading. I couldn’t fully process one emotion, before I was bombarded with another, then another, with some moments of stillness and on the cycle went. My mind was just spiralling trying to grasp all the meanings and the beauty the author could’ve meant by writing about such small and subtle m...
  • Esil
    A high 4 stars.Tin Man is very short and deceptively simply written, but it packs a punch. The story focuses on the relationship between Ellis and Michael. They meet when they are boys. They drift in and out of each other’s lives but the emotional bond between them is strong and complicated. The story is first told from Ellis’ perspective and then from Michael’s perspective. There are a few other strong characters, including Ellis’ mother...
  • Bianca
    Tin Man is a gentle, melancholy filled novel, that's quite different from anything I've read in recent times. It is the first Sarah Winman book I read and I know it won't be the last.I should probably stay with this novel a bit longer and try to write a review later when I'm less sleepy, but we all know that's not my style. This is an unusual novel in its execution. As you'll see it mentioned in many reviews, there are no speech marks. The punctu...
    Thank you to Penguin Group Publishing for providing this advance reader copy via Edelweiss.This book takes place in England and spans the time period of the early sixties to the mid-nineties. I was immediately drawn emotionally to the character of Ellis Judd, a man in his forties who is just going through the motions to get up each day and go to work. He's functioning physically like a machine, yet he's swallowed up by grief and emptiness as he p...
  • Mackey
    There are rare times that a book will reach out and grab hold of your heart and soul and affect you in ways that you never knew the written word could do.Tin Man by Sarah Winman is such a unique and marvelous tale.Told in two distinct parts, Tin Man is a love story but so much more. It is the memoir of two men, Ellis and Michael, who, during their youth, were shy, young lovers. Ellis, however, went on to marry the woman of dreams, Annie, and the ...
  • Dianne
    Lovely and poignant, spare and powerful. I read it twice; the second time just to linger over the beautiful words and let the story of Ellis, Michael and Annie sink into my heart. Truly memorable. If you haven’t read this little gem yet, I highly recommend it.
  • JanB
    I buddy read this with Brenda in our Traveling Sister group. This is a slim volume but it packs a lot of heart in achingly beautiful, simple prose. The book opens with the pregnant Dora's first act of defiance in choosing a copy of Van Gogh's “Sunflowers” as her raffle prize over the whiskey her husband wanted. It transformed her drab existence...."this was the life she wanted: Freedom, Possibility. Beauty”. Fast forward decades and the nex...
  • Marialyce
    You can see my review here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres...What a strange but alluring book! It is a story of two boys who are friends and then they are more than that. The boys Ellis and Michael are twelve at the onset of the story discovering life, bicycling, swimming, trying to escape their fathers who are imperious, and finding that friendship leads them to something else.The story then jumps to years later to the time when Ellis is ...
  • Carol
    I was hooked at Sunflowers......truly my favorite flower. 🌻 TIN MAN is a complex story of tough love and friendships, dysfunctional families and heartbreaking loss....losses that disrupt life that are mostly, but not always associated with death....And it all begins so innocently with a raffle for a painting of sunflowers.Ellis and Michael are so young when they first meet and discover some of the possibilities of life; and when Annie joins th...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    This is a book I've noticed for almost a year as my UK bookish friends got to read it way before it came out in the United States. I was so glad to finally get a copy!The story is about two men who were childhood friends and lovers, without putting labels on it really, and the painful/bittersweet/nostalgic realizations they make as adults. Ellis does so after losing his wife and is trying to navigate life alone, Michael does so in his childhood w...
  • Antoinette
    This is an exquisite gem of a book! I fell in love with the tone of it immediately.There’s a dream like quality to the book- we are swirling in Ellis’ and Michael’s memories- from the time they met onwards. Two friends with broken families who learn to find happiness because of their friendship. They are both well fleshed out characters that the reader definitely becomes invested in.This book is about friendships and love and memories. It i...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Tin Man, a tender and beautiful story, is heartbreaking and wonderfully moving.  At twelve years old, Ellis and Michael become friends.  They both have difficult family lives and less than stellar relationships with their fathers.  They spend lots of time together having fun and exploring their town outside of London, and then, their close friendship becomes something more.  Ten years later, Ellis is married to Annie and Michael is out of the...
  • Jessica
    This is a very slim little novel, coming in at just over 200 pages, and the writing is fairly sparse, with hardly an adjective to spare. But holy cow, does it pack a punch. It’s definitely going to wind up on my best of 2018 shelf. At first glance, this is a novel about Ellis, a widower in his early fifties who is deeply lonely. He continues to mourn for his wife, Annie, five years after her death. He calls up his father’s girlfriend to remin...
  • Rachel
    Tin Man is a beautiful, tender, deeply moving novel that packs a far greater punch than I would have thought possible for its short page count. It has all the heart and heartbreak of something like The Heart's Invisible Furies - and not a watered down version, either, just more compact. I put it down feeling drained and devastated and deeply impressed at the extent to which such a simple story was able to get under my skin.Tin Man is told from th...
  • Jenny in Neverland
    Review: You only have to look on Goodreads for 30 seconds to see the abundance of 5 star reviews for this book. I read Sarah Winman’s, ‘When God Was a Rabbit’ a couple f years ago and it quickly become one of my favourite ever books. Sarah has a beautiful way with words and a real unique storytelling talent. I was thrilled to have won a copy of Tin Man, new newest novel and the copy I won was a gorgeous cloth, hardback version which looks a...
  • Tracey
    What a gentle, moving and beautiful story of life, love and friendship. And sunflowers, don't forget those. 🌻The characters are brilliantly explored Ellis and Michael will get into your heart. I knew it was going to be a one sitting read for me and I was prepared to have my heart wrung out. Not my usual type of book but I thought it was beautifully done.