An elderly artist and her six-year-old grand-daughter are away on a summer together on a tiny island in the gulf of Finland. As the two learn to adjust to each other's fears whims and yearnings a fierce yet understated love emerges - one that encompasses not only the summer inhabitants but the very island itself. Written in a clear unsentimental style full of brusque humour and wisdom The Summer Book" is a profoundly life-affirming story. Tove Jansson captured much of her own life and spirit in the book which was her favourite of her adult novels. This new edition with a Foreword by Esther Freud sees the return of a European literary gem - fresh authentic and deeply humane."
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