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Philip Ardagh Chooses the Best Books of 2017

2017’s been a busy year for favourite children’s author Philip Ardagh, not only has he penned several new children’s stories, including two books with the National Trust (The Secret Diary of Jane Pinny and The Secret Diary of John Drawbridge), he’s also written a sumptuous introduction to Tove Jansson’s Moomins, The World of Moominvalley. If all that weren’t enough, he’s been taking his famous white beard on tour to Lapland, stepping in as Father Christmas’s lookalike during the festive season. So we’re particularly grateful that the elves have given him some time off from feeding the reindeer to select his pick of the best books of 2017 for us.

Maria Turtschaninoff on Finnish Weird and the Legacy of the Moomintrolls

As a Finnish fantasy author, Maria Turtschaninoff has found an enviable freedom to create her own distinctive and unique voice. As Nanondel, the second novel in her highly praised Red Abbey Chronicles series, is released, she discusses the culture of Finnish Weird, the creative legacy of Tove Jansson and how being small can set you free.

My top 10 coming of age novels - Emmi Itäranta

My top 10 coming of age novels - Emmi Itäranta

Posted on 8th May, 2014 by Emmi Itäranta

From David Mitchell to Ursula K. Le Guin, Emmi Itäranta - whose debut novel Memory of Water is published today - shares her top ten bildungsroman...