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Publisher's Summary

The unforgettable and achingly tender new novel from Sarah Winman, author of the international best seller When God Was a Rabbit and the Sunday Times Top 10 best seller A Year of Marvellous Ways.

It begins with a painting won in a raffle: 15 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 couldn't be closer. And the boys become men, and then they meet Annie, 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.

©2017 Sarah Winman (P)2017 Headline Publishing Group Limited

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sad but satisfying

a lovely sad take of growth life lose and grief. lovely word pictures and. great understanding of humanity

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A tender, moving meditation on friendship, love, family...

I enjoyed hearing Sarah Winman’s reading of her own work, as she intended it to sound... This tender evocation of time looping in and through lives, tying people to each other in love, friendship, chance encounters and other overlapping circles of connection... reminding me that loneliness, fear, and the need for connection are the deepest, most universal aspects of human experience. And that our ability to communicate is never as big as our desire to communicate. A beautiful novel.

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  • C. Long
  • 02-08-2017

Delightful!

I have just finished listening to Tin Man and I have that sad feeling that always comes when you have finished a wonderful book.

A simple story but so beautifully written and narrated that it feels like an epic.

I cannot recommend this highly enough.

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  • timothy
  • 25-04-2018

Charming and sad

A small collection of characters in a beautifully observed story of love - lost and gained and always present. Absolutely loved this and would have listened to more.

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  • Jen
  • 18-04-2018

Lack Lustre

I’ve read a few of Sarah Winman’s books & enjoyed the characters & playful, imaginative backdrops. This book however I couldn’t connect with on any level. It didn’t have the depth or whimsical prose that has been demonstrated in her previous work. You can’t like everything I guess!

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  • Lucy P
  • 18-04-2018

Difficult narration and confusing jumps between different years/1st person sections

This book has quite a good plot - 2 close male friends, their love for one another and then their lives and loves afterwards.

However, the audiobook is sadly hugely let down by the author’s narration - it has a depressive single tone throughout and after 30 minutes had me feeling thoroughly low with no other explanation. (I don’t exaggerate here!)
The sex scenes are rendered passionless by the same tone. I found it very difficult to imagine the characters ‘being’; I was always aware of, and concentrating on trying to see past the narration.

Confusingly, new chapters with different 1st person, or where the plot jumps to a new decade aren’t clearly separated, or titled, so it takes take a while to work out what’s going on.

Lastly, I’ve volunteered for HIV/AIDS charities for years and have read the excellent ‘How to Survive a Plague’ - there is a scene in the book where bruise-like KS legions (Kaposi sarcoma) are searched for on the body with no explanation to the reader about what the represent. As a regular person, you have to have an advanced knowledge of AIDS to understand this plot line as it stands.

In a nutshell, buy the book before the audiobook!

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  • avagardro
  • 19-01-2018

a compelling story made of real people

Sarah Winman has a knack for creating believable, honest and fully formed characters. you feel you know them. this makes her stories compelling and easy to read.

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  • Claire
  • 11-01-2018

amazing book

loved every sentence. So touching. So heart breaking. beautiful. Will never forget the characters in this book.

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  • Mg Sj Shorthose
  • 30-10-2017

Warm, thoughtful & uplifting

I found this book absolutely gripping. Beautifully drawn characters and very human story was told. Highly recommended.

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  • SusanE
  • 04-10-2017

Beautiful

Beautifully written and read, such poetry. Sarah Winman is fast becoming my favourite author. More please!

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  • Theresa Angier
  • 19-09-2017

Beautifully written and read

I loved the way the book drew you in I don't want it to finish

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  • S. Jones
  • 19-09-2017

Heartbreakingly beautiful and wonderfully narrated

Would you listen to Tin Man again? Why?

Yes, I would definitely listen again as I'm sure that I've missed subtle nuances first time round.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved both Ellis and Michael and felt a great deal of tenderness towards them both.

Have you listened to any of Sarah Winman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to any of her other performances but heard her read from The year of Marvellous Ways at the Hay Festival and she has a wonderful voice.

Any additional comments?

A very special book that I will both return to listen to and read