In this episode, author Sarah Winman visits Kobo’s headquarters in Toronto to talk to Chrissy about her latest release, Tin Man. Sarah talks to us about the inspiration behind her novel, why it took her ten years to write the book, and the significance of the novel’s title.


  • Winman explains the historical context of the novel, and why she chose to tell the story in a non-linear timeline, focusing on memories as anchor points for the narrative.
  • The title of the novel evokes the Wizard of Oz in many readers, but is in fact more literal and refers to car factory workers.
  • The exploration of gender roles in the novel and in society, and the courage of defying those roles.
  • The significance of Van Gogh’s sunflowers and the themes of journeying and light.
  • Her own ten-year journey to completing the novel: from her background as an actress and scriptwriter to the creative writing course where she wrote the first version of Tin Man––which wouldn’t be completed for another 10 years.
  • Winman also narrated the audio version of all three of her books, and chats to Chrissy about the experience of creating the audio version.
  • And lots more!



Sarah Winman is the author of two novels, When God Was a Rabbit and A Year of Marvellous Ways. She grew up in Essex and now lives in London. She attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to act in theatre, film, and television.












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