“Jansson was a genius, a woman of profound wisdom and great artistry.”
The writer and artist TOVE JANSSON (1914–2001) is best known as the creator of the Moomin stories, which were first published in English sixty years ago and have remained in print ever since. Sort Of began its association with Tove’s work by re-issuing her amazing cut-out tour de force, The Book of Moomin, Mymble and Little My, and we have since published the other two large format illustrated Moomin books, Who Will Comfort Toffle? and The Dangerous Journey. Each of these has been published with a new verse translation, created by leading British poet Sophie Hannah. In 2012 we published the first ever Moomins story book – The Moomins and the Great Flood, previously available only in Finland – restoring its original illustrations.
In her fifties, Tove Jansson turned her attention to writing for adults, producing a dozen novels and story collections, including the classic, bestselling The Summer Book. This was reissued by Sort Of and sold more than 100,000 copies in the UK. We have followed its publication with six further books, translated into English for the first time: Travelling Light, The True Deceiver, Fair Play, The Sculptor’s Daughter, Art in Nature, The Listener and a selection of stories, The Winter Book.
Sort Of also publishes a Moomins app, based on The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My.