Tin ManLarge Print - 2018
From internationally bestselling author Sarah Winman comes an unforgettable and heartbreaking novel celebrating love in all its forms, and the little moments that make up the life of one man.
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, teaching themselves how to swim, discovering poetry, and dodging the fists of overbearing fathers. And then one day this closest of friendships grows into something more.
But then we fast-forward a decade or so, to find that Ellis is married to Annie, and Michael is nowhere in sight. Which leads to the question: What happened in the years between?
With beautiful prose and characters that are so real they jump off the page, Tin Man is a love letter to human kindness and friendship, and to loss and living.
From Library Staff
ArapahoeAnnaL Mar 04, 2019
A beautiful heartfelt book about friendship and love. Haunted in parts by the Aids epidemic of the 1980's.
ArapahoeMaryA Feb 27, 2019
Tin man is a melancholy, non-linear meander through a lifetime of love. Tender, atmospheric and lyrical – this will not appeal to those drawn to plot-driven, action-packed reads.
ArapahoeJulieH Dec 14, 2018
A beautiful story of love, grief, friendship and the power of art. Tin Man is a short but emotionally powerful novel written with empathy and sensitivity. I look forward to reading more of Sarah Winman in the future.
What a beautiful story of love, friendship and loss! On the cover Matt Haig says, "It breaks your heart and warms it all at once," and I couldn't agree more. It is a small book but with giant characters that will stay with you forever. AL_ALYSONC
ArapahoeLesley ~ This tiny book is filled with heart. A strong character study, the story comes together like hazy memories half remembered one moment and then slam, hitting you in the gut the next. Lyrical, atmospheric and resonating.
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I'd never felt more myself. Or more in tune to what I was and what I was capable of. A moment of authenticity when fate and blueprint collide and everything is not only possible , but within arm's reach. And I fell in love. Madly, nonintoxicatingly so. I think he may have, too. Just for a moment. But I never really knew.
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.
There's something about first love, isn't there? she said. It's untouchable to those who played no part in it. But it's the measure of all that follows.
Men and boys should be capable of beautiful things.
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