A Winter Book: Selected Stories (Paperback)
  • A Winter Book: Selected Stories (Paperback)
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A Winter Book: Selected Stories (Paperback) A Winter Book: Selected Stories (Paperback)

A Winter Book: Selected Stories (Paperback)

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Paperback 208 Pages
Published: 01/11/2006
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Waterstones Says

A luminous collection of short fiction from the author of The Summer Book and creator of Moomins, A Winter Book brings together thirteen of the Finnish maestro’s most beloved stories for adults in English for the first time.

Following the widely acclaimed and bestselling The Summer Book, here is A Winter Book collection of some of Tove Jansson's best loved and most famous stories.

Drawn from youth and older age, and spanning most of the twentieth century, this newly translated selection provides a thrilling showcase of the great Finnish writer's prose, scattered with insights and home truths. It has been selected and is introduced by Ali Smith.

A Winter Book features 13 stories from Tove Jansson's first book for adults,The Sculptor's Daughter (1968) plus 7 of her most cherished later stories (from 1971 to 1996), translated into English and published here for the first time.

Publisher: Sort of Books
ISBN: 9780954899523
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 20 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

Beautifully crafted and deceptively simple-seeming, these stories are like pieces of scattered light. - Ali Smith

These stories show a side of (Tove Jansson) that may be new to some British readers, who perhaps think of her, if at all, as a writer of charming stories for children. They are as tough as good rope, these stories, as smooth and odd and beautiful as sea-worn driftwood, as full of light and air and wind as the Nordic summer. We are lucky to have them collected at last. - Philip Pullman

These stories are infused with such a strong sense of Tove Jansson's character that by the last page you feel on almost intimate terms with her. Determined, indignant, fearless as a child, we see how she develops - have the luxury of glimpsing her as an old lady too, still determined, still indignant. - Esther Freud

Meeting the real Tove in these stories has been a an exciting and unnerving experience - a bit like meeting my own guardian angel. - Frank Cottrell Boyce

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Joy Finlayson

“Remarkably descriptive”

I hadn’t heard of Jansson prior to buying this collection of short stories, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to read some seasonal stories. I’ve since found out that the... More

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“A Winter Book”

A Winter Book is a collection of short stories, many of them about the sea, or about living by the sea. The book is in three sections. The first two contain stories written from the point of view of a child, and I... More

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“A Winter Book”

This long-awaited collection of short stories for grown-ups (by the creator of the Moomin books for children) is as fresh and beautiful as newly fallen snow. Scattered like pebbles on a beach, it is a pleasure for the... More

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