Book Review: Tin Man by Sarah Winman

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 214 pages

Published: May 15, 2018

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Genre:  Fiction & Literature, Contemporary Fiction


A novel celebrating love in all of its forms and the little moments that make up the life of an autoworker in a small working-class town.

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?

Tin Man is a love letter to human kindness and friendship, and to loss and living.


Tin Man is another one of those emotionally charged novels and I say that statement with the utmost respect. This novel evolves around a group of friends and the trials and tribulations they met along the way. The story of Ellis, Michael and Annie may be heartbreaking but their tale of friendship and true love is truly awe-inspiring and a story that makes it to be one remarkable read.

The story did make me feel wanting more. I thought the story could be developed more. The character development was severely lacking. There was enough between Ellis and Michael but I found myself wanting to know more about Annie. Annie may have been a secondary character but her back story and her present was just as important. As deeply touching this story was and beautifully written, I thought more could have been done with it.

Overall rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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