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All ages … Tove Jansson, pictured as an eight-year-old, and as an adult. Photograph: © Moomin Characters Ltd

Tove Jansson memoir published with rare family photos

A memoir by the creator of the Moomins, Tove Jansson, has been republished for the first time since it was translated into English more than 40 years ago in an edition that includes rarely seen photos from the Jansson family archive.

International children’s laureate of disaster and displacement TOVE JANSSON, famous for creating the Moomins, a family of adventuresome trolls who resemble tubby two-legged hippos. They emerged in a story she wrote in 1939 during the attempted Soviet invasion of her Finnish homeland. They are constantly getting "unhomed". A Swedish-speaking Finn, Jansson was a successful artist before becoming a writer. Her first novel, The Summer Book, is set in an old people's home in St. Petersburg…

International children’s laureate of disaster and displacement TOVE JANSSON, famous for creating the Moomins, a family of adventuresome trolls who resemble tubby two-legged hippos. They emerged in a story she wrote in 1939 during the attempted Soviet invasion of her Finnish homeland. They are constantly getting "unhomed". A Swedish-speaking Finn, Jansson was a successful artist before becoming a writer. Her first novel, The Summer Book, is set in an old people's home in St. Petersburg…

Tove Jansson

Being able to read one of Tove Jansson's best novels in English for the first time is like discovering buried treasure, writes Ali Smith

Tove Jansson - beautiful face, beautiful soul!

Swedish-speaking Finnish novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author Tove Jansson

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