Tove Jansson’s thirteen books about the Moomins have been translated into more than thirty languages and have delighted generations of children the world over. But she also wrote for adults, and her novels are now being translated from Swedish into English. The Booker nominated writer Ali Smith was introduced to Jansson’s classic children’s books late in life, and she was equally inspired by her first encounter with the Finnish author’s adult writings. Jane Little talks to Ali Smith about the joy of discovering Jansson’s writing and how it has affected her.
'Fair Play' by Tove Jansson (translated by Thomas Teal and introduced by Ali Smith) is published by Sort Of Books, ISBN-13: 978-0954899530.