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Mary

Wasn't it lovely? I think I enjoyed it better than anything else we watched over Christmas.
I have also sneakily re-arranged book displays to promote a friend's book though can't claim that I have boosted anything to best-seller status!

Cornflower

I'm sure every little helps when it comes to book promotion, and yes, if only the BBC would give us more like the Tove Jansson programme!

Dark Puss

Yes I watched it and it confirmed my long held view that the Moomintroll books are very adult in their themes; not that I managed to convince Simon T about that when he read one of the "childrens" books by Jansson earlier this year (or last year I don't recall). A fantastic woman and I was both amazed and dismayed to hear how same-sex relationships were illegal for so long in Finland - quite against my expectations. As you say a great programme.

Enjoy your Cornflower Midwinter! Mind out for the neutrino beams from CERN :-)

Cornflower

I was amused that Tove Jansson's character Little My was her fictional alter ego!

Jane M

Thank-you so much for alerting me to the Tove Jansson documentary. I've just watched it on I player. I love Finland and I love the Moomins, but most of all I loved watching a BBC documentary without a presenter ... so often the hand-waving, walking-towards-the-camera presenter seems to be the story.

Cornflower

Good point, Jane.

The Willoughby Book Club

We're also prone to a little shelf rearranging - I very recently moved a number of 'signed by the author' copies to front of the row, so nobody would miss out (they were tucked behind the unsigned copies!)

Cornflower

Well done - but how strange that the signed copies had been relegated like that.

Christine Harding

I thought it was a lovely programme, that was enchanting and informative, and whilst I knew much of Jansson's work was based on her own life, I hadn't realised just how much of herself she poured into her writing. I loved The Summer Book and A Winter Book, and The True Deceiver is fantastic, but I've yet to read about the Moomins.

Cornflower

Yes, The True Deceiver! I forgot to mention that one.

Erika

Happy Blog Birthdsy, Cornflower. Oh what joy for one of us to meet the Moomin family for the first time.

Cornflower

I hope that documentary will bring a lot of people to the books.

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