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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year Award

"This is an astoundingly beautiful book. It drips with tenderness. It breaks your heart and warms it all at once." (Matt Haig, author of How to Stop Time)

From internationally best-selling 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 12-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 real, Tin Man is a love letter to human kindness and friendship and to loss and living.

©2018 Sara Winman (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Loved it, but a little hard to piece together the through line

Listening to this as opposed to reading it presented a challenge due to the jumping back and forth in time, but the challenge was worth it because the writing was very good and the characters were sympathetic.

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new favorite book

Not even exaggerating this is my favorite book. Have listened to this book many many times and bought the physical copy too. At this point I've made almost all my friends read this, and they all agree its one of their new favorites too. It will leave you in gut wrenching sadness while also with so much happiness at the same time.. you wonder how a writer can even be capable of that.

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  • Fred Bove
  • San Francisco, CA United States
  • 05-26-18

I challenge anyone to read this book without sobbing at least once

Masterful and tender this book epitomizes humanity and compassion . Love and loss are beautifully rendered