This is a beautifully written novel about love, friendship, loss and grief. As boys, Ellis and Michael are inseparable but as grown men, their lives take different paths. In the book’s first half, Ellis looks back on his life and those in it, including his wife Annie, mother Dora and of course Michael. In the second half, we get Michael’s perspective through a series of comments found in a notebook. This wonderful, heartfelt novel is a real contender for my book of the year.
Recommended by Mairead Gallagher, Dubray Grafton St
The unforgettable and achingly tender new novel from Sarah Winman, author of the international bestseller WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT and the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller A YEAR OF MARVELLOUS WAYS. It begins with a painting won in a raffle: fifteen 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 are inseparable. And the boys become men, and then Annie walks into their lives, 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.