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The Summer Book

Tony Bowerman is a writer, 'heritage consultant', and director of independent regional publishers, Northern Eye Books. He is also a postgraduate anthropologist with a long-term interest in the ideas of Carl Jung, art and myth. His principal interests are nature and painting.

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Summer book(1) The Summer Book is a gentle, evocative book by the Finnish author, Tove Jansson – more famous perhaps for her Moomintroll children's books. This slim volume  has recently been republished in English after a long period out of print. But what a gem. The story follows the day to day lives of an elderly woman artist and her six-year-old granddaughter on a tiny island in the Gulf of Finland over a long hot summer. They chat, they swim, they observe the landscape; and in a way nothing happens. Yet it is a funny, wise book with a life-affirming take on what's what. For me, it seems to encapsulate all the things I like. It's warm, humanistic, and wry.   

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I've been meaning to read something by this author. I'll add it to my wishlist now. Thank you.


Jon M

If it's by the mighty Tove then I'll be reading it. I've often thought the Moomin Valley and November and Tales from Moomin Valley run much deeper than the other tales. Thanks


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A huge reference for my coming study. Thanks for reminding us again about this book.

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