It’s been a while since I did a giveaway – and this isn’t even a publishers freebie, but a spare copy I had that I was going to give to a friend, who turned out to have already read it. Step forward, A Winter Book by Tove Jansson.
This wonderfully evocative collection of stories is set in Sweden and Finland, and though mostly in winter, also features stories from all the year round. I almost never feel a sense of place in what I read, but I did in A Winter Book.
And then the writing – Tove Jansson is never sentimental, but her writing is very honest, and very beautiful. Not floaty or over-wraught – I haven’t encountered a style like hers, in fact, so I am at a loss to explain it – but I do know that she is one of my favourite writers, and that I love this collection. Not to mention the beautiful book itself, as are all the Sort Of Books publications I’ve encountered.
I wrote about A Winter Book – gosh – two and a half years ago. You can read what I wrote here, and it’s got some little excerpts from the book too. But, let’s face it, it’s a free book we’re talking about!
Pop your name in the comments, and at the weekend (or thereabouts) I’ll do a draw and send A Winter Book flying off somewhere – feel free to enter wherever you are in the world. If Thomas Teal can translate this book, I can post it abroad. Ready, Steady… Go!