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Tove Jansson (1914 – 2001), was born in 1914 in Helingsfors, Finland. Her mother was a charicaturist and the designer of many of Finland’s stamps, and her father was a sculptor. Tove studied painting in Finland, Sweden and France and later worked as a book illustrator, a designer and strip cartoonist, as well as being involved in theatre décor and making frescoes in public places. She drew her first Moomin in the 1930s, just for fun, to tease her little brother by drawing the ugliest creature she could think of. Moomin developed a nicer snout and character and in 1939 he became a character in a children’s story. The Finn Family Moomingtroll has been a hugely successful book, translated into many languages – many other Moomin stories followed.

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Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson
Moominland Midwinter
Tove Jansson
April 2014 Guest Editor Nicci French on Moominland Midwinter. The books we love as children never leave us. I was completely enchanted by the Moomin books when I was small, and their hold over me seems to have...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/07/1973

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