“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 in 2001 by re-issuing her amazing cut-out tour de force, The Book of Moomin, Mymble and Little My, followed by two other 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 and author Sophie Hannah. In 2012 we published the first ever Moomin story book – The Moomins and the Great Flood, previously available only in Finland – restoring it to its original illustrations. From Oct 2017 Sort of Books will be re-publishing the heart of the Moomin oeuvre – the original eight Moomin chapter books, lovingly restored in the form of Special Collectors’ Edition hardbacks with original jacket artworks, gorgeous endpapers and fold-out maps.
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 eight 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, Letters from Klara and a selection of stories, The Winter Book.
Some interesting links:
Tove Jansson.com has informative photo galleries on Tove’s art, family, studio and her summer island home of Klovharu.
A new Moomin Museum opened in Tampere, Finland, in 2017, displaying the huge archive of drawings and models Tove left to the city.
Moomin.com is a fun site with news and information on all matters Moomin – and an online shop for everything Moomin.