An elderly artist and her six-year-old grand-daughter while away a summer together on a tiny island in the gulf of Finland.
As the two learn to adjust to each other's fears, whims and yearnings, a fierce yet understated love emerges - one that encompasses not only the summer inhabitants but the very island itself. Written in a clear, unsentimental style, full of brusque humour, and wisdom, The Summer Book is a profoundly life-affirming story.
Tove Jansson captured much of her own life and spirit in the book, which was her favourite of her adult novels. This new edition, with a Foreword by Esther Freud, sees the return of a European literary gem - fresh, authentic and deeply humane.
‘Her writing is all magical deception, her sentences simple and loaded; the novel reads like looking through clear water and seeing, suddenly, the depth. As Philip Pullman so succinctly puts it, Tove Jansson was a genius.’ - Ali Smith
Publisher: Sort of Books
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 205 g
Dimensions: 198 x 132 x 15 mm
'Tove Jansson was a genius. This is a marvellous, beautiful, wise novel, which is also very funny.' - Philip Pullman
'This is a wonderful, life-affirming, spirited book. Reading it was a tonic.' - Chris Stewart author, Driving Over Lemons
'Eccentric, funny, wise, full of joys and small adventures. This is a book for life.' - Esther Freud
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