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When God Was a Rabbit (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Year of Marvellous Ways (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tin Man (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Still Life (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Sarah Winman is a literary fiction and romance author best known for her blockbuster work “Still Life.”

The author was brought up in Essex and now makes her home in London, where she writes most of her novels. In her earlier years, she went to the Weber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. She then went on to act in television, film, and theatre.

She made her writing debut when she published “When God Was a Rabbit” in 2011. Since then, she has gone on to write several other works that have also gone on to become international bestsellers.

Her novel “Tinman” made the shortlist for the 2018 Costa Novel Awards while “A Year of Marvellous Ways” became a bestselling title in the Sunday Times.

Winman never set out to be an author as she had been acting for more than three decades when she felt she was stagnating. She was not earning as much as she believed she should have, as she for the most part got roles in commercials.

It was at this time that she acknowledged that she was done with acting. Since she had journaled and written theatrical plays and screenplays for pleasure, she decided to register for a writing class.

It was the class that gave her focus and by collaborating with other aspiring authors she finally felt she was moving forward. After several months, she had written 40,000 words. She got the help of her acting agent who connected her with a literary agency.

Her manuscript was accepted by a literary agent and she was on her way. Her debut sold more than 650,000 copies in the United Kingdom and became an international bestseller.

Sarah Winman has made a name for herself writing delightful works that are a pleasure to read. She has an exceptional ability to write about historical events with no embellishment but still manages to make her stories very interesting.

She writes unconventional stories that hark back to events in the past and her own experience growing up in the latter half of the 20th century.
While none of her novels are autobiographical they are very personal. Some are set in places such as Cornwall and Essex, which are places she grew up in.

“When God Was a Rabbit” by Sarah Winman is the story of a sassafras little missy named Elly.

At the opening of the story, she auditions with a monologue with references to abortions and booze which lands her the role of innkeeper for the upcoming Christmas pageant.

However, she unexpectedly changes the story mid-performance and tells Joseph and Mary that the inn has plenty of room and a great view. Soon after, there is a life-changing incident and Elly offhandedly mentions it to Joe her elder brother.

The latter gives her a rabbit as a gift and she names it God. The bunny becomes a talking rabbit and provides direction to Elly on a range of issues.
Soon after Elly makes friends with a schoolmate named Jenny Penny. She is a girl known for her wild hair and crazy mother even though she is something of a psychic that is subtle in her art just like Elly’s bunny.

The two girls soon form a strong bond as Jenny Penny finds much-needed stability and peace with Elly. But their friendship is cut short when the latter’s father won the lottery. He decides to move his family including Elly to the countryside.

Spanning four decades, it is the story of a flawed but fabulous family and the slew of extraordinary and ordinary events that shape their lives.

Sarah Winman’s novel “Tin Man” is the story of a young boy named Ellis who lives in the suburbs of London.

His mother always found London to be stifling and hence desired Ellis to keep drawing, stay in school, and follow his dreams. These are paths that almost no parent during the 1960s encouraged their children to follow.

Soon after, Ellis becomes fast friends with Michael, a local boy whose ebullient nature is the perfect foil to the thoughtfulness that Ellis is known for. As the two mature into adulthood, they soon become inseparable.

Their friendship deepens and transforms but they are unable to fulfill each other’s needs. Things get very interesting when Ellis falls in love with a girl named Annie at the first meeting.

But this is not a story that sees one friend cast aside when another gets into a relationship. Michael becomes an inseparable companion to the couple. When they are together they are bold, exuberant, and mischievous than any other trio.

But not long afterward, Michael announces that he will be leaving to go live his own life leaving Annie and Ellis behind. This is quite the challenge for the latter as they see that they have been becoming ordinary – which is what they had sworn never to be.

“Still Life” by Sarah Winman is set in 1944 Tuscany, where bombs are falling around deserted villages as allied troops are advancing.

Ullyses Temper is a young English soldier who is hiding in a wine cellar of a large Italian villa where he meets a middle-aged art historian named Evelyn Skinner. She is in Italy to try to relive some long-lost memories of youth and salvage some precious paintings from getting destroyed by the raging war.
In each other, Evelyn and Ulysses see themselves as kindred spirits and go on a course that will shape the young man’s life for the next forty years. When he goes back to the United Kingdom, he gets back with the eccentrics and pub crawlers at The Parrot and Stoat.

But then he learns that he is the beneficiary of a large inheritance which would bring him back to where it all started. Still, he knows it’s not wise to return to the Tuscan Hills as that would be tempting fate.

With extraordinary tenderness, beautiful prose, a burst of light, and humor, it is a sweeping portrait of unforgettable people who come together to celebrate love and beauty in all its forms.

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3 Responses to “Sarah Winman”

  1. Andrew Collins: 1 year ago

    I have just read Still Life and was entranced by every page. I shall feel quite lonely, in the next few days, without the company of the many characters who populated the novel. It was particularly poignant for me as I studied in Florence in the early ’60s and many of the venues came back to life – even if there was no romance involved!

  2. Isa Aura: 1 year ago

    I just finished reading Tin Man, the first of your novels I came across.
    It read like the best poetry, and I am enamoured. I came close to tears more than once and closed the book with a sweet sadness.
    I look forward to reading your other novels.
    Thank you for bringing your incredible gift to the world for the rest of us to enjoy.

  3. Mrs Lynda Grayson: 2 years ago

    Hi Sarah, I just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed Still Life. I finished it a couple of months ago and still talking about it1 cant believe it hasnt been made into a film – already cast some of the parts -though the parrot is proving a bit tricky!
    Having lived in Greece for many years and travelled widely in Italy I could really relate to the ‘pull of the place’ and the many disparate characters we encounter , some reappearing at different stages in our life and in different degrees of importance at that time. A Marvellous romp! – thankyou.


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