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 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.
Tin Man sees Sarah Winman follow the acclaimed success of When God was a Rabbit and A Year of Marvellous Ways with a love letter to human kindness and friendship, loss and living.
What a difficult book to review, the blurb tells you everything… and nothing at all! This book is about human kindness and friendship, loss and living and I absolutely loved it! Relatively short at less than 200 pages I read this on a cold snowy day when really it was too cold to do much else but curl up with a great book!
Sarah Winman demonstrates again her skill in creating wonderful, heartwarming characters driving a simple plot of life and living. Essentially this is a story about the lives of Ellis and Michael best friends as children when they are thrown together in sad circumstances. Told in two parts, titled – Ellis and Michael the result is a rounded whole, beautiful story, sad but hopeful and so heartwarming.
‘Exquisite. I haven’t been so moved, and so in love with a book and it’s characters in a very long time’ Joanne Cannon
‘Pared back and unsentimental, assured, full of warmth, and told with a kind of tenderness that makes you ache’ Rachel Joyce
2 quotes from the back of the book, included here because really if you are fans of Joanne Cannon ( The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, Review here ) or Rachel Joyce (The Music Shop, Review here The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – sorry not reviewed but a great book!) then I would definitely recommend you pick this book up!