A good example of how Rare Mags is just an extension of our bookshelves at home. A proper beaut, read it, get out and about, feel joy, feel melancholy, figure life out, realise you'll never quite figure life out, etc etc.
Back with a new special 50th anniversary edition with an afterword by Sophia Jansson, Tove's niece.
"An elderly artist and her six-year-old grand-daughter while away a summer together on a tiny island in the gulf of Finland. As the two learn to adjust to each other’s fears, whims and yearnings, a fierce yet understated love emerges – one that encompasses not only the summer inhabitants but the very island itself.
Written in a clear, unsentimental style, full of brusque humour, and wisdom, The Summer Book is a profoundly life-affirming story. Tove Jansson captured much of her own life and spirit in the book, which was her favourite of her adult novels. This new edition, with a Foreword by Esther Freud, sees the return of a European literary gem – fresh, authentic and deeply humane."