Sort of Books to publish Moomin Special Collectors’ hardback editions in Oct 2017

Our amazing news is that we will be launching Special Collectors’ Editions of the original Moomin novels in October 2017: the first four titles to coincide with the opening of the Tove Jansson retrospective at Dulwich Picture Gallery. Four further titles will follow in Spring and Winter 2018.

The titles will be lovingly restored to their original 1950s and 60s designs, with stunning full colour wrap-around art paper jackets, and Finn Family Moomintroll – the most popular Moomin title – will include the book’s original fold-out map of Moominvalley.

“Our aim is to recreate the books that the first Moomin readers treasured,” says Sort Of publisher Nat Jansz. “There’s a touch of Moomin mania at the moment, with the sell-out Adventures in Moominland show at the Southbank, a new animation series in development, and beautiful Moomin merchandise wherever you look. But these eight Moomin novels are at the heart of everything. They are philosophically wise, packed with adventure and have enduring values of non-materialism, love of nature and the imperative of hospitality.”

The first four titles will be Finn Family Moomintroll, Comet in Moominland, Exploits of Moominpappa and Moominland Midwinter. Publication date is 5th October 2017.

Simon Bill and Matthew Collings discuss Artist in Residence at launch event at Libreria

Artist/author Simon Bill launches his new title, Artist in Residence, at Libreria‘s hip new venue in Hoxton in discussion with art critic, author and broadcaster Matthew Collings. Can an author satirise the contemporary art scene without fear of being labelled a philistine? Yes. If he’s a highly regarded abstract expressionist painter, perceptive enough to skewer the vanities and absurdities of the profession and equipped with the comic talents of a latter day Evelyn Waugh.  Bill’s advice of how to get ahead at art school, segueing into an imagined installation involving kayaks filled with golden syrup, was both salutary and a hoot.


Simon Bill and Matthew Collings take a cerebral view of contemporary art at Libreria, Hoxton.

Simon Bill and Matthew Collings take a cerebral view of contemporary art at Libreria, Hoxton.

Sort of authors donate best loved titles to help Syrian refugee and migrant crisis.

Kathleen Jamie, Chris Stewart and Tove Jansson (via her family estate) are to donate thousands of copies of their best loved titles to the Waterstones Syrian migrant crisis appeal. The books will appear on dedicated ‘Buy Books for Syria’ tables available at Waterstones’ branches throughout the UK from Thursday 1st October. It was Sort of Books co-director Mark Ellingham who devised this fundraising idea, so we are delighted to be playing a part in making it a reality, together with three of our bestselling (and generous) authors. The ambition is for Waterstones to sell a million pounds’ worth of books – every penny of which will go to Oxfam’s work with Syrian refugees and displaced people in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, and at arrival points in Italy, Greece and Macedonia.

Jonathan Buckley shortlisted for BBC National Short Story Award

Sort of Books congratulate Jonathan Buckley on his short story Briar Road being shortlisted for the prestigious BBC National Short Story Award 2015.


Chair of the judging panel, Allan Little, described Briar Road yesterday on BBC R4 Front Row, as ‘tremendously effective with a slow, understated, gradual reveal . . . very strong, very subtle . . . the atmosphere that builds up is tremendously powerful and offers a twist you just don’t see coming.”

Jonathan Buckley’s novels have been described as ‘intensely compassionate’ and ‘astoundingly observed’. His latest, the river is the river, (Sort of Books, July 2015) is considered his ‘most perfect yet’. (James McConnachie,The Author).