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The Summer Book (Paperback)
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The Summer Book (Paperback)

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Paperback 176 Pages / Published: 29/05/2003
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A beautiful, understated examination of platonic love and profound friendship from the Scandinavian maestro, The Summer Book basks in the glow of a long Finnish summer. As an elderly artist and her young granddaughter begin to develop a devoted bond, Jansson resolutely eschews sentiment to craft a credible, deeply affecting novel.  

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
ISBN: 9780954221713
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 15 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

'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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“The Summer Book”

I loved this book. It is the perfect summer read, light, captivating, enchanting and brilliantly written. We get to know Sophie and her grandmother through their relationship. What makes it so wonderful is the... More

Paperback edition
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“The Summer Book”

A beautifully told and wonderfully atmospheric story about a summer. A woman and her granddaughter share a summer on a wild Scandinavian island and learn about life and humanity from each other. Magical, simple and... More

Paperback edition
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“A sweet Tale”

A heart warming, sweet tale depicting long lost summers on an Island in Finland. The central theme is the poignant relationship between a grandmother and a small child, revealing the similarities between growing up... More

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