The writer and artist TOVE JANSSON (1914–2001) is best known as the creator of the Moomin stories, which were first published in English sixty years ago and have remained in print ever since. Sort Of began its association with Tove’s work by re-issuing her amazing cut-out tour de force, The Book of Moomin, Mymble and Little My, and we have since published the other two large format illustrated Moomin books, Who Will Comfort Toffle? and The Dangerous Journey. Each of these has been published with a new verse translation, created by leading British poet Sophie Hannah.
In her fifties, Tove Jansson turned her attention to writing for adults, producing a dozen novels and story collections, including the classic, bestselling The Summer Book. This was reissued by Sort Of and sold more than 100,000 copies in the UK. We have followed its publication with five further books, translated into English for the first time: The Winter Book (stories), Travelling Light, The True Deceiver and Fair Play. We will be adding a further story collection, Art in Nature, in 2012.
Sort Of is also publishing the first ever Moomins book – The Moomins and the Great Flood – in October 2012. This has never before been published in Britain.
Stop press! Sort Of has just published the first ever Moomins app, based on The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My.
“Jansson was a genius, a woman of profound wisdom and great artistry.” Philip Pullman