Venue: Walled Garden.

Sarah Winman is the author of bestsellers When God Was a Rabbit and A Year of Marvelous Ways. She was an actor for 30 years in theatre, TV and film. Sarah’s family is from east Oxford, originally a working class area, and where her new novel, Tin Man, is partly set. Tin Man is a tern used to refer to the highly skilled panel beaters who worked in the car factory with her grandfather back in Oxford.

Tin Man begins with a painting won in a raffle: fifteen sunflowers hung on the wall by a woman that believes that men and boys are capable of beautiful things. And then there are two boys, Ellis and Michael, who couldn’t be closer. And the boys become men. And they meet Annie. And it changes nothing and everything.

“Tin Man is Winman’s best novel yet. The playful subversiveness still bubbles away but there’s a new candour there, an acceptance of needs and flaws that proves deeply touching. This is storytelling as cruelly kind as fate itself.” Patrick Gale