Tin Man by Sarah WinmanThis is almost a love story.
Ellis and Michael are twelve 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 an overbearing father. 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?
This is almost a love story. But its not as simple as that.
Tin Man by Sarah Winman review – an exquisitely crafted tale of love and loss
Penguin Publishing pp. ISBN Summary An unforgettable and heartbreaking 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.
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Each morning, he cycles home to an empty house. During one shift, choked by a loss he still cannot allow himself to name, he leaves the factory early, takes off onto a snowy road and is knocked from his bike. The two met as boys when an all-but-orphaned Michael moved to town, carrying a suitcase full of books. Part mother, part mentor, part muse, Dora takes both boys under her wing, offering a glimpse of what beauty and possibility might look like beyond the looming car factory — and, also, what masculinity might look like to sensitive boys coming of age in s Britain. Never forget that.