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"The island had grown tiny, floating on the water like a drifting leaf, but there was a light in the guest room window. Sophia knocked very gently, because every sound had become too large." Quote from "The Summer Book," published in the UK by Sort of Books (http://sortof.co.uk/books/the-summer-book/), and in the US by NYRB Classics (http://www.nybooks.com/books/imprints/classics/the-summer-book/)

"The island had grown tiny, floating on the water like a drifting leaf, but there was a light in the guest room window. Sophia knocked very gently, because every sound had become too large." Quote from "The Summer Book," published in the UK by Sort of Books (http://sortof.co.uk/books/the-summer-book/), and in the US by NYRB Classics (http://www.nybooks.com/books/imprints/classics/the-summer-book/)

"We knew that now it was time to give the house away. We assured each other that it was more stylish to leave in time, before one was forced to…we began to put up small, helpful pieces of paper here and there, such as 'Don't close the damper; it rusts and sticks,' 'The key is by the door-post,' or 'Woollen stockings and socks under the boot rack,' and so on." Quote from Tove Jansson's story "Taking Leave,' found in "A Winter Book" (www.sortof.co.uk/books/a-winter-book/)

"We knew that now it was time to give the house away. We assured each other that it was more stylish to leave in time, before one was forced to…we began to put up small, helpful pieces of paper here and there, such as 'Don't close the damper; it rusts and sticks,' 'The key is by the door-post,' or 'Woollen stockings and socks under the boot rack,' and so on." Quote from Tove Jansson's story "Taking Leave,' found in "A Winter Book" (www.sortof.co.uk/books/a-winter-book/)

"Very clearly, something had happened. It wasn't something you noticed right away, not even enough to make you ask if she was feeling well or was upset about something. No, it was imperceptible, impossible to put your finger on. But it was there." Quote from Tove Jansson's story 'The Letter,' found in "Fair Play," published in the UK by Sort of Books (www.sortof.co.uk/books/fair-play/), and in the US by NYRB Classics (www.nybooks.com/books/imprints/classics/fair-play/)

"Very clearly, something had happened. It wasn't something you noticed right away, not even enough to make you ask if she was feeling well or was upset about something. No, it was imperceptible, impossible to put your finger on. But it was there." Quote from Tove Jansson's story 'The Letter,' found in "Fair Play," published in the UK by Sort of Books (www.sortof.co.uk/books/fair-play/), and in the US by NYRB Classics (www.nybooks.com/books/imprints/classics/fair-play/)

"My initial encounter with The Summer Book was the start of a continuing process of discovery that saw me trace every word written by Jansson, and about her, that had been published in English." Source: http://tocatalogue.blogspot.ca/2014/03/7-summer-book.html

"My initial encounter with The Summer Book was the start of a continuing process of discovery that saw me trace every word written by Jansson, and about her, that had been published in English." Source: http://tocatalogue.blogspot.ca/2014/03/7-summer-book.html

"Based on numerous conversations with Tove, and unprecedented access to her journals, letters and personal archives, "Tove Jansson: Life, Art, Words" offers a rare and privileged insight into the world of a writer whom Philip Pullman described, simply, as ‘a genius’."

"Based on numerous conversations with Tove, and unprecedented access to her journals, letters and personal archives, "Tove Jansson: Life, Art, Words" offers a rare and privileged insight into the world of a writer whom Philip Pullman described, simply, as ‘a genius’."

"Before Jonna could do her graphic work in peace, she always spent time printing up sets of earlier, neglected works - a job that had been set aside so she could focus on new ideas." Quote from Tove Jansson's story "Videomania," found in "Fair Play," published in the UK by Sort of Books (www.sortof.co.uk/books/fair-play/), and in the US by NYRB Classics (www.nybooks.com/books/imprints/classics/fair-play/)

"Before Jonna could do her graphic work in peace, she always spent time printing up sets of earlier, neglected works - a job that had been set aside so she could focus on new ideas." Quote from Tove Jansson's story "Videomania," found in "Fair Play," published in the UK by Sort of Books (www.sortof.co.uk/books/fair-play/), and in the US by NYRB Classics (www.nybooks.com/books/imprints/classics/fair-play/)

"So off they sail, two special guests on Fillyjonk's red boat. The whompses wave and cheer to see the happy pair afloat." Quote from "Who Will Comfort Toffle" published in the UK by Sort of Books (www.sortof.co.uk/books/who-will-comfort-toffle/)

"So off they sail, two special guests on Fillyjonk's red boat. The whompses wave and cheer to see the happy pair afloat." Quote from "Who Will Comfort Toffle" published in the UK by Sort of Books (www.sortof.co.uk/books/who-will-comfort-toffle/)

"And now came the day in November when everything in Mari's studio was to be rehung, rearranged, renewed, and given a completely new significance." Quote from Tove Jansson's story 'Changing Pictures,' found in "Fair Play," published in the UK by Sort of Books (www.sortof.co.uk/books/fair-play/), and in the US by NYRB Classics (www.nybooks.com/books/imprints/classics/fair-play/)

"And now came the day in November when everything in Mari's studio was to be rehung, rearranged, renewed, and given a completely new significance." Quote from Tove Jansson's story 'Changing Pictures,' found in "Fair Play," published in the UK by Sort of Books (www.sortof.co.uk/books/fair-play/), and in the US by NYRB Classics (www.nybooks.com/books/imprints/classics/fair-play/)

"Ladies, you waste your time on inessentials. When we've finished our coffee, I think we should devote ourselves to the contemplation of nightfall." Quote from Tove Jansson's story 'The Garden of Eden,' found in "Travelling Light," published by Sort of Books (www.sortof.co.uk/books/travelling-light/).

"Ladies, you waste your time on inessentials. When we've finished our coffee, I think we should devote ourselves to the contemplation of nightfall." Quote from Tove Jansson's story 'The Garden of Eden,' found in "Travelling Light," published by Sort of Books (www.sortof.co.uk/books/travelling-light/).

"So she began to paint flowers all over the wall. They were large, substantial flowers because the brushes were large, and the dye soaked right into the plaster and looked intense and transparent." Quote from "Moominpappa at Sea" by Tove Jansson

"So she began to paint flowers all over the wall. They were large, substantial flowers because the brushes were large, and the dye soaked right into the plaster and looked intense and transparent." Quote from "Moominpappa at Sea" by Tove Jansson

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