This is a joyful, slim novel about two kindred spirits - an artist and her six-year old granddaughter who spend the summer together on an island in the Gulf of Finland. Gradually, the two learn to adjust to each other's fears, foibles and yearnings for independence, and a fierce yet understated love emerges - one that engulfs not only the summer inhabitants, but the very island itself.
About the author
Tove Jansson was born in Helsinki in 1914. She captured much of her own life and spirit in The Summer Book, which was her personal favourite among her own novels. She is most famous for the series of Moomin characters which she created in 1945. Her books have been compared to the works of Lewis Carroll and J.R.R Tolkien. Jansson died on 27 June 2001.
Review in The Guardian
Paperback 170 pages
Published by Sort of Books