A Radio 4 book of the week; this memoir in letters by the beloved creator of the Moomins gives you her life, through letters sent friends in essays and epistolery novels alongside messages bobbing in bottles. To read these letters is both an act of startling intimacy and a rare privilege. Penned with grace and humour,Letters from Toveoffers an almost seamless commentary on Tove Jansson's life as it unfolds within Helsinki's bohemian circles and her island home. Spanning fifty years between her art studies and the height of Moomin fame, we share with her the bleakness of war; the hopes for love that were dashed and renewed, and her determined attempts to establish herself as an artist.
Vivid, inspiring and shining with integrity,Letters from Toveshows precisely how an aspiring and courageous young artist can evolve into a very great one.