Sarah Winman 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. She has written two novels, When God Was a Rabbit and A Year of Marvellous Ways.
When God was a Rabbit was her debut novel and was published by Headline in March 2011. It was number 5 in the Sunday Times Bestseller List and winner of 2011 Newton First Book Award. It was also a lead title in Richard and Judy’s summer Book Club and one of the titles in the Waterstones 11 list, the pick of debut novels in 2011.
When God Was a Rabbit has currently been sold in a total of twenty two territories, sixteen European, as well as in the US (Bloomsbury US), China, Indonesia, Brazil, Korea and Israel.
A Year of Marvellous Ways was published in June 2015 and the paperback is currently the Spring Pick for Richard and Judy’s WH Smith Book Club 2016.
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A YEAR OF MARVELLOUS WAYS – Buy it here.
Cornwall, 1947. Marvellous Ways is a ninety-year-old woman who’s lived alone in a remote creek for nearly all her life. Recently she’s taken to spending her days sitting on a mooring stone by the river with a telescope. She’s waiting for something – she’s not sure what, but she’ll know it when she sees it. Drake is a young soldier left reeling by the war. He’s agreed to fulfil a dying man’s last wish and hand-deliver a letter to the man’s father in Cornwall. But Drake’s journey doesn’t go to plan, and sees him literally wash up in Marvellous’ creek, broken in body and spirit. When Marvellous comes to his aid, an unlikely friendship grows between the two. Can Drake give Marvellous what she needs to say goodbye to the world, and can she give him what he needs to go on?
Fanciful imagery and beautiful prose that ebbs and flows (Independent)
Winman excels in her sweeping prose and her unwavering theme of love in all its forms (Stylist)
PUBLISHER: Tinder Press
PUBLICATION DATE: 18th June 2015
WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT — Buy it here.
1968. The year Paris takes to the streets. The year Martin Luther King loses his life for a dream. The year Eleanor Maud Portman is born.
Young Elly’s world is shaped by those who inhabit it: her loving but maddeningly distractible parents; a best friend who smells of chips and knows exotic words like ‘slag'; an ageing fop who tapdances his way into her home, a Shirley Bassey impersonator who trails close behind; lastly, of course, a rabbit called God. In a childhood peppered with moments both ordinary and extraordinary, Elly’s one constant is her brother Joe.
Twenty years on, Elly and Joe are fully grown and as close as they ever were. Until, that is, one bright morning when a single, earth-shattering event threatens to destroy their bond forever.
Spanning four decades and moving between suburban Essex, the wild coast of Cornwall and the streets of New York, this is a story about childhood, eccentricity, the darker side of love and sex, the pull and power of family ties, loss and life. More than anything, it’s a story about love in all its forms.
‘It perfectly captures the hazy, magical nature of youth and all its mysteries, against a backdrop of real-life events’–Elle
‘A story of siblings, friendship, secrets and love, told with sadness and humour’–Marie Claire
‘A genuinely captivating read’–Glamour
‘Winman’s narrative voice is beautifully true, with a child’s unsentimental clarity. A superb debut’–The Times
PUBLISHER: Tinder Press
PUBLICATION DATE: 12th May 2011