Tin Man by Sarah Winman

Tin Man

From the internationally bestselling author Sarah Winman comes an unforgettable and heartbreaking novel celebrating love in all of 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-year-old boys when they first become friends, and for a long time it is just the two of them, cycling the streets of Oxford, tea...

Details Tin Man

TitleTin Man
Release DateMay 15th, 2018
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Lgbt, Favorites, Literary Fiction

Reviews Tin Man

  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Cheri
    “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, thinking there must b...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Faith
    "There's something about first love, isn't there? It's untouchable to those who played no part in it. But it's the measure of all that follows." This is a beautifully written book about friendship, love, longing, loneliness and Van Gogh's sunflowers. Ellis and Michael meet in Oxford when they are 12 and Michael comes to live with his grandmother Mabel. The two boys become inseparable friends and eventual sexual partners. When Ellis later marries ...
  • Linda Hill
    Ellis lives a solitary life, but it is a life peppered with memories of the past.I’ve been staring at a blank screen and wondering what I can say about Sarah Winman’s Tin Man that will be adequate enough to convey what a beautiful read it is.Sarah Winman has a unique style. Direct speech is presented without punctuation so that the reader hears it naturally at the same time as the characters. The appeal to the senses is so strong that the wri...
  • Helene Jeppesen
    This book was a bit underwhelming to me; most probably because I had very high expectations for it.
  • Ylenia
    2.5 starsThis book was such a letdown! Did I read a totally different book? Tin Man is so short that summarizing the plot would be a spoiler in itself, so all I can say is that this a convoluted novel about an almost-love story.The writing style was beautiful & fitting, giving an undertone of sadness & grief to the whole novel. My interest in the novel started when we got close to the end, when we could finally see the other perspective to the al...
  • Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
    I tend to avoid books that deal with love, loss, romance, grief and so on. I don't know why, I just don't like to read them. Lately though, I have been reading books that challenge my perceived notion of the genres I avoid, and Tin Man has been on my radar for a while now. I was lucky enough to get a copy from the publishers so I added it to the July TBR, and it broke my heart…For such a small, colourful, beautiful book, it packed an emotional ...
  • 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...
  • Emma
    Sarah Winman doesn't disappoint. This book is very different from her previous two (both of which I loved), but it is just as wonderful. It tells the story of friendship and how we learn to love. It really is the most beautiful story and told so gently and patiently. Please read it for yourself and let me know what you think.
  • Colleen Fauchelle
    A story about love - the love of friends, a parent, young love and same love.A story about loss - lost childhood dreams, loss of loved ones and moving away from love.It's about the places in between love and loss, and dealing with loss. And finding help and aceptance in unexpected places.Beautiful
  • Shawn Mooney
    Darn, this didn't really work for me. The first half was quite subtle and powerful, as was the beginning of the second half, in diary form. But then that diarist-character started banging me over the head with his self-analysis, and there were a lot of jarring, bossy sentences about what everything meant: I got pulled out of the story by this heavy-handedness, such that the ending—deeply moving to so many—left me nearly completely cold.
  • Anne
    "What's a complement? Ellis asked. Complementing colours are ones that make the others stand out. Like blue and orange, said his mother. Like me and Ellis, said Michael. Yes, she smiled. Like you two." Tin Man is about complements. Sarah Winman's characters complement each other completely and wholly. Not just Ellis and Michael from the quote above, but also Annie (my favourite character), and Mabel and even Mrs Khan. This is a novel of less than...
  • Michael
    A lot can happen in relationships and for childhood friends Ellis and Michael this can include things left unsaid and the dances they do around each other. Now 46, Ellis is an expert panel beater but when it comes to his own mental well-being he is struggling. Not long ago he had his beloved wife Annie and his dear friend to lean on. But by now both have tragically passed away, with Ellis now finding that nothing can properly fill that void.Ellis...
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    An achingly beautiful book about three people who love each other. It's about first love and small kindnesses. It's about how destructive toxic masculinity can be. And it's about love is love is love is love is love. Winman does a masterful job managing the elusive structure and slips of time.
  • Scarlett
    “And I wonder what the sound of a heart breaking might be. And I think it might be quiet, unperceptively so, and not dramatic at all. Like the sound of an exhausted swallow falling gently to earth.” ― Sarah Winman, Tin ManThis is what life feels like for Ellis. He has lost his wife 5 years ago and mourns her terribly. In his mind he recreates all the good times and simplest of times he’s had with her. Traveling the places they have bee...
  • Resh (The Book Satchel)
    Tin Man is a simple story about three friends and what comes in between them. The book is a very short one but there is a lot to reflect upon.Rating - 3.5 starsWhat to expect?- a mixture of writing styles - sometimes raw, sometimes poetic, sometimes fragmentary, sometimes detailed.-flawed characters that seem so real-breaking your heart several times over the novel-lots of layers in the novel that make you ponder - major theme is love (homosexual...
  • Stef Smulders
    If you're in for a good cry, try this achingly beautiful book. The story of three people that meet when they are young and cannot live without nor with each other. The complexities, impossibilities of love, life and the universe laid out before you in exquisite prose, poetry almost. The story unfolds in a way that keeps you guessing at what happened and has you reminiscing long after you finished the book. Tissues ready? Go!
  • Katie Lumsden
    A great read - powerful and moving, with wonderful characters. Definitely one I'd recommend.
  • Krista
    Follow, follow, follow, follow, Annie and Michael sang arm in arm along Hill Top Road. June 1978. Two weeks before the wedding. Michael had organized the stag and hen and had merged them into one. Travel light, he'd said. Flip-flops, shorts, that type of thing. Ellis watched them up ahead. The doors to Mabel's van were open and Michael had unfolded a large map that the breeze was lifting. He heard Annie ask, So where are we going, Mikey? Tin Man ...
  • James Chatham
    This novel is breathtaking. It tells the lives of two men that meet and fall in and out of love - one of them, Ellis, eventually marrying a woman while the other, Michael, lives a much different life. Through their relationship, Winman explores the line between friendship, love, and family exquisitely. The writing is beautiful and evocative, and the contrast between narratives is done incredibly well: Ellis's narrative is told in the third-person...
  • Giedre
    In a nutshell:It was beautiful and, occasionally, it hurt.And I loved it. I do enjoy when a skinny little book packs a wallop.
  • peg
    I read this book as part of the Costa Award List for best novel----NOT my choice to win!
  • Kirsty
    Tin Man was one of my most highly anticipated publications of 2017, and I was so excited when I got my hands on a copy. Tender and heartfelt, the scenes within the novel are evocative, and the love which it displays is beautiful and all-consuming. This feels quite different to both When God Was a Rabbit and A Year of Marvellous Ways, and I am very much looking forward to what Winman comes up with next.