Review published on November 10, 2017.
There’s been a lot of hype around Sarah Winman’s latest book, Tin Man. As usual I’m way behind the pack and have only just read it, but I agree mostly that the hype is deserved.
The story is beautifully told by first Ellis, then Michael. They were childhood friends and then they were even closer until they grew apart. Ellis married Annie and somehow things were broken between Ellis and Michael and yet that invisible bond was always there.
The first section is Ellis’ story. I enjoyed reading about him so much. His story moved me to tears on more than one occasion with the descriptions of his family life and his feelings for Michael and for Annie.
The second section is told by Michael and sort of fills in the gaps in Ellis’ story as well as telling Michael’s side of events.
For a book that is only around 200 pages, it is incredibly full and so astute. The feelings of the characters are intense and are put across to the reader with the same intensity. It really is beautifully written in the style that I have come to expect from Sarah Winman.
My only quibble really is that I lost my way a little with Michael’s section and found myself having to go back and read bits again. I’m not sure why it happened but I think his narrative didn’t seem to flow as well as it might have done.
Nevertheless, Tin Man is a heartbreakingly memorable story of love and loss and one which I very much enjoyed reading.
Nicola Smith, Short Book and Scribes 4/5
Tin Man by Sarah Winman
Tinder Press 9780755390953 hbk Jul 2017
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