The writer and artist Tove Jansson (1914-2001) is a Scandinavian national treasure: she has a museum dedicated to her work in her native Finland, and the Moomin characters adorn everything from mugs to schoolbags. Elsewhere, Moomin stories have been published in 35 languages.
Tove Jansson was a genius. This is a marvellous, beautiful, wise
novel, which is also very funny. -- Philip Pullman
This is a wonderful, life-affirming, spirited book. Reading it was a tonic. -- Chris Stewart (author, Driving Over Lemons)
Eccentric, funny, wise, full of joys and small adventures. This is a book for life. -- Esther Freud
This slim, wise masterpiece... is both unsentimental and heart-melting, and I read it every year." -- Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love * Guardian *