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The beloved classic by Tove Jansson - written in a clear, unsentimental style, full of brusque humour, and wisdom, The Summer Book is a profoundly life-affirming story.

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 others fears, whims and yearnings, a fierce yet understated love emerges one that encompasses not only the summer inhabitants but the very island itself.

Tove Jansson captured much of her own life and spirit in the book, which was her favourite out of her adult novels. This edition, with a Foreword by Esther Freud, sees the return of a European literary gem, fresh, authentic and deeply humane.

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