The Memoirs of Moominpappa
Special Collectors' Edition lovingly restored to its original stunning design.
"One cold and windy autumn evening many years ago a newspaper parcel was found on the doorstep of the Home for Moomin Foundlings.
In that parcel I lay, quite small and shivering with cold."
So begins the remarkable The Memoirs of Moominpappa, a book written to delight his dear son Moomintroll and friends. What follows is a story about storytelling itself. Moominpappa weaves one fabulous tale after another, writing at night to read aloud by day and featuring not only the fearless, adventurous author but also the fathers of Sniff and Snufkin - the rather muddled Muddler and the carefree Joxter. Add to this mix the genius inventor Hodgkins and a grand finale in which Moominpappa rescues a shipwrecked Moominmamma from the waves and the fun becomes irresistible.
- Printed in the UK
- FSC paper
The Finnish artist and author Tove Jansson (1914-2001) wrote and illustrated her first Moomin story, The Moomins and the Great Flood, in 1945 as a form of escape from the dark shadows of war. The Memoirs of Moominpappa, published in 1950, was the third novel of the world famous Moomin series the eight titles of which would be translated into over 60 languages and remain in print for over six decades. Tove Jansson lived in Helsinki and a tiny island in the Gulf of Finland which she shared with her life partner, the graphic artist, Tuulikki Pietila.
It all started with a Moomin-like character Tove Jansson called Snork and used as a signature. She created the first actual Moomin story during the second world war, seeking comfort in the world of fairy tales. In addition to the nine chapter books about the Moomins, Tove Jansson wrote and illustrated three beloved Moomin picture books and a comic strip published in the London-based newspaper The Evening News. The comic strip was syndicated throughout the Commonwealth which led to the Moomins gaining worldwide fame. The sudden popularity of the Moomins subsequently took them to the theatre stage, the tv screen and into the world of merchandise – and the rest is history.