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The Summer Book

Amanda Dalton dramatises Tove Jansson's atmospheric novel. A woman and her six-year-old granddaughter spend a summer on a tiny Finnish island. Translated by Thomas Teal.

In The Summer book by Tove Jansson (author of the Moomin books) a woman and her six-year-old granddaughter Sophia spend a summer together on a tiny island in the Gulf of Finland . They talk about life, nature, religion - everything but their feelings about Sophia's mother's death and their love for one another. This wonderfully humane and atmospheric book is dramatised by the poet and playwright Amanda Dalton from the translation by Thomas Teal.

Sophia Jansson, the real-life model for Sophia and niece of Tove, narrates this radio adaptation . Her own mother, Signe Hammarsten-Jansson informed the character of the grandmother.

Directed in Salford by Susan Roberts.

45 minutes

Last on

Tue 14 Aug 2018 14:15

Credits

Role Contributor
Narrator Sophia Jansson
Grandmother Eileen O'Brien
Sophia Grace Doherty
Pipsan Freya Pollard
Verner Alan Rothwell
Director Susan Roberts
Author Tove Jansson
Adaptor Amanda Dalton
Translation Thomas Teal

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