Book Reviews

Book Review: Tin Man by Sarah Winman

book review tin man by sarah winman

Tin Man by Sarah Winman is almost a love story. Ellis and Michael are twelve when they first meet and become friends. They are inseparable. In their twenties, Annie comes into their lives with Ellis falling in love with her. The three of them continue to share a close friendship until Michael leaves for London after his grandmother’s death. He doesn’t return, thereby abruptly ending their friendship.

The book is narrated in two parts. The first is by the forty-six-year-old Ellis, now a widower, reminiscing the days gone by. The second half is Michael’s perspective. Of his memories and of his time away from Annie and Ellis.

Set in the eighties, Winman’s novella explores sexual identity in a time when it was still quite secretive. She writes beautifully, almost poetically, in the most compassionate way. As a reader, you cannot help but fall in love with Ellis and Michael. You hurt for them, for the love lost, for all that could have been if it were a different time, a different era, under different circumstances.

This is a story about love, loss, loneliness and longing. It is a story that will make you smile. It is a story that will bring you to tears. It is about relationships and emotions, about lost dreams and passions. Winman’s prose is exquisite. It is spare, yet powerful. This book will stay with you long after you are done.

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  • Lydia C. Lee
    30 August 2018 at 7:34 am

    Not heard of this. SOunds interesting

  • Jo Tracey
    30 August 2018 at 8:21 am

    This sounds beautiful – and one for my TBR pile… Thanks!

  • Vinitha
    30 August 2018 at 9:49 am

    Sounds like a good book. Your review is so tempting. I will look for this book in our public library.
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  • Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    30 August 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Great review Sanch! You’ve made me want to read it. Another one to add to my ‘to read’ list! 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

  • Sydney Shop Girl
    30 August 2018 at 5:40 pm

    ‘Spare yet powerful’, I am intrigued, Sanch. Thanks for sharing such an insightful review.

    SSG xxx

  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    4 September 2018 at 6:58 am

    Wow, 5 stars! Wow. Sounds interesting