Tove ’s dedication ‘To some father’ in Moominpappa at Sea


The perfect Father’s Day gift. Tove dedicated her penultimate Moomin novel, Moominpappa at Sea, ‘to some father’. And it’s a book suffused with sympathy for complex, restless and creative fathers, such as her own father, the sculptor and war veteran, Victor Jansson.

Moominpappa attempts to cure his despondency and restlessness by taking his family off to a rocky island with a deserted lighthouse.  It’s a test even for the gently empathic and resourceful Moominmama and their adventure loving son, Moomintroll. But it’s a test they pass with lights beaming.