TIN MAN – Sarah Winman

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. Simplicity at its’ best, some books take a whole page to capture an emotion, a moment, an image, a setting – Sarah Winman can do this with just a single sentence. At 195 pages this is a leave-me-alone gorge – you will adore time spent with Ellis and Michael and as the pages dwindle you will be left bereft and miss them. You may never see sunflowers again without them popping into your mind.