Tag Archives: Tove Jansson

Nobody does it better: ‘A Winter Book’ by Tove Jansson

I have been meaning to read Tove Jansson’s ‘A Winter Book’ for simply ages.  My excuse for three quarters of the year of course, has always been that it’s just not seasonal; then somehow my winter reading tends to get … Continue reading

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Top Summer Reads

My reading of Emma Cline’s ‘The Girls,’ a coming-of-age story complicated by a brutality that breeds in the Californian heat, was somewhat subsumed by my general wish for a scorching hot summer to begin.  In true British fashion, I’m always happy … Continue reading

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Quiet Splendour: ‘The True Deceiver’ by Tove Jansson (1982)

When England gets dreary and grey, it’s always tempting to move my reading north, where winter is winter and the snow is deep and evocative.  You would think that ‘The True Deceiver’ would be an obvious choice, set during the … Continue reading

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