Sarah Winman was an actress, working in theatre in her twenties and early thirties but by 1992 she says she ‘started having my own words’ and turned away from other people’s scripts and realised she wanted to write a novel. It would be another 20 years until that novel was written and published. She wrote a play and some screenplays and by 2008 when her father was dying, she stopped acting altogether to look after him and took a TEFL course to support herself. While taking a course at City Lit ‘Exploring Fiction’, she realised she was already writing what went on to become her highly acclaimed debut, When God Was A Rabbit, a story about childhood, eccentricity, the darker side of love and sex, the pull and power of family ties, loss and life and love.
Now, in her latest book, Tin Man, Sarah explores the triangular relationship of Ellis and Michael, who have been inseparable since boyhood, and Annie, who walks into their lives, changing nothing and everything.