Tove Jansson

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The best books about islands, from Wide Sargasso Sea to Dark Matter
Author Kiran Millwood Hargrave picks her favourites, including Monique Roffey’s fabulist Caribbean and Madeline Miller’s witch banished by Zeus

Kiran Millwood Hargrave

23, Aug, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Tove review – gentle biopic of the early career of the Moomins creator
This engaging drama centres on the bohemian postwar years when Tove Jansson began drawing some mischievous trolls…

Simran Hans

11, Jul, 2021 @10:30 AM

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Tove review – impassioned portrayal of Moomins creator lights up biopic
The story of Tove Jansson’s artistic struggles and daring bisexual affairs in 1940s Finland is energised by a shining central performance from Alma Pöysti

Cath Clarke

08, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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How Tove Jansson’s love of nature shaped the world of the Moomins
The Finnish artist’s work was hugely influenced by her passion for the great outdoors – in particular the tiny island of Klovharun

Susannah Clapp

05, Jun, 2021 @3:30 PM

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The Guardian view on the picture book: not just for children
Editorial: When a Nobel-prizewinning novelist turns to illustrated fiction, it’s time to question assumptions


19, Mar, 2021 @6:33 PM

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On my radar: Indira Varma's cultural highlights
The actor on Tove Jansson’s adult fiction and eclectic French radio

Killian Fox

12, Sep, 2020 @2:00 PM

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My favourite book as a kid ... Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson
I found the story of Moomintroll waking up alone in a world transformed deeply unsettling as a child - and still do, writes historian Tom Holland

Tom Holland

07, May, 2020 @8:00 AM

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What the Moomins creator can teach us about small worlds
Tove Jansson’s The Summer Book tells of people on a tiny island off Finland, living together with tact, grace and delightful attention to their surroundings

Melissa Harrison

11, Apr, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Elizabeth Gilbert: ‘Don’t we all wish we’d written Wolf Hall?’
The bestselling author on her love of Tove Jansson, trying to read Ulysses and why we shouldn’t ‘book-shame’

Elizabeth Gilbert

27, Mar, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Top 10 dinner parties in fiction
From Arthurian feasts to awkward moments with Ian McEwan and mealtime at the Macbeths, these miniature dramas are literary staples. Tuck in

Nicci French

11, Dec, 2019 @1:40 PM

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In Brief: In the House in the Dark of the Woods; Letters from Tove; Joe Gould’s Secret
Witchcraft in colonial America, the intimate letters of Tove Jansson, and a literary fraud unmasked

Hephzibah Anderson

29, Sep, 2019 @2:00 PM

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'It is a religion': how the world went mad for Moomins
Kate Winslet and Rosamund Pike are among the starry lineup in a new TV adaptation of the Moomins. Why do Tove Jansson’s hippo creatures have such enduring appeal?

Lisa Allardice

06, Apr, 2019 @10:00 AM

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