Literary Programme 2018

Sarah Winman

Sarah Winman

Fiona Mozley
Sarah Winman

Maritime Hotel

Fri 20 July 2018



UPDATE - We regret that Fiona Mozley is unable to attend this event.

Sarah Winman’s Tin Man 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 couldn’t be closer. And the boys become men. And then they meet Annie. And it changes nothing and everything.

Shortlisted for the 2017 Costa Novel of the Year

‘This is an astoundingly beautiful book. It drips with tenderness. It breaks your heart and warms it all at once.’ Matt Haig

‘Sarah’s writing breaks you and heals you, all in the same moment, and I haven’t been so moved, and so in love with a book and its characters in a very long time.’ Joanna Cannon

‘An exquisitely crafted tale of love and loss.’ The Guardian

Sarah Winman is the author of bestsellers When God Was a Rabbit and A Year of Marvellous 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 the novel is partly set. Tin Man is a term used to refer to the highly skilled panel beaters who worked in the car factory with her grandfather back in Oxford. Sarah grew up in Essex, and she now lives in London with her partner, Patricia.

In Fiona Mozley’s Elmet Daniel is heading north. He is looking for someone. The simplicity of his early life with Daddy and Cathy has turned menacing and fearful. They lived apart in the house that Daddy built for them in the woods with his bare hands. They foraged and hunted. Cathy was more like their father: fierce and full of simmering anger. Daniel was more like their mother: gentle and kind. Brutal and beautiful in equal measure, Elmet is a compelling portrayal of a family living on the fringes of contemporary society, as well as a gripping exploration of the disturbing actions people are capable of when pushed to their limits.

Shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize

Longlisted for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction

‘A quiet explosion of a book, exquisite and unforgettable.’ The Economist

‘Pastoral idyll, political exposé, cosy family saga and horror tale, it reads like a traditional children’s story that turns into a gangster film: Hansel and Gretel meets The Godfather.’ Sunday Times

‘An impressive slice of contemporary noir steeped in Yorkshire legend… Elmet possesses a rich and unfussy lyricism.’ Guardian

Fiona Mozley was born in Hackney but grew up in York and studied at Cambridge before moving to Buenos Aires for a year – without speaking any Spanish. After briefly working at a literary agency in London, she moved back to York to complete a PhD in Medieval Studies. She also has a weekend job at The Little Apple Bookshop in York. Elmet is her first novel and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017.