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192pp Original paperback with flaps
ISBN: 978-0954899523
Translated from Swedish by Silvester Mazzarella, David McDuff and Kingsley Hart


A Winter Book

by tove jansson

Introduced by Ali Smith

Following the widely acclaimed and bestselling The Summer Book, here is a Winter Book collection of some of Tove Jansson’s best loved and most famous stories.

Drawn from youth and older age, and spanning most of the twentieth century, this newly translated selection provides a thrilling showcase of the great Finnish writer’s prose, scattered with insights and home truths. It has been selected and is introduced by Ali Smith, and there are afterwords by Philip Pullman, Esther Freud and Frank Cottrell Boyce.

The Winter Book features thirteen stories from Tove Jansson’s first book for adults, The Sculptor’s Daughter (1968) along with seven of her most cherished later stories (from 1971 to 1996), translated into English and published here for the first time.


“A Winter Book offers what proper books so peerlessly can – the sense of a unique and authentic voice that speaks to the reader across time and culture, heart to heart.” Boyd Tonkin, The Independent

“As smooth and odd and beautiful as sea-worn driftwood, as full of light and air as the Nordic summer. We are lucky to have these stories collected at last.” Philip Pullman

Written with such a lightness of touch that it seems miraculous, these stories are a further revelation of Tove Jansson’s heart warming genius.
— Ali Smith

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