Sculptor's Daughter : A Childhood Memoir, Hardback

Sculptor's Daughter : A Childhood Memoir Hardback

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Tove Jansson's first book for adults drew on her childhood memories to capture afresh the enchantments and fears of growing up in Helsinki in the nineteen tens and twenties.

Described as both a memoir and 'a book of superb stories' by Ali Smith, her startlingly evocative prose offers a glimpse of the mysteries of winter ice, the bonhomie of balalaika parties, and the vastness of Christmas viewed from beneath the tree.

This deluxe hardback, with rare images from the Jansson family archive, makes a perfect gift.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 192 pages, illustrations (black and white)
  • Publisher: Sort of Books
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  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9781908745330



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This is an odd book, a fictionalised non autobiography or childhood memoir. Child Tove is a dark creature, intriguing and cruel. The childlike prose the stories are told in occasionally jarred with me. At other times it was perfect, getting across the surreal sense of being a child in a family of artists. Some of the stories felt too short and incomplete, fragments or snippets that didn't quite work. My favourites were Jeremiah and Christmas. Most of the others felt unpleasantly dreamlike and unsettling. That's why I'm only giving it three stars.

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