Star-studded Audiobook Releases: Acclaimed Actors Bring Tove Jansson’s Literary Gems to Life

Remarkable narrator performances and revered literary works wed in Saga Egmont’s series of audiobooks, honoring the legacy of Tove Jansson, the beloved Finnish author, artist, and creator of the Moomins. 

The essence of summer in Scandinavia 

Jansson is renowned for her ability to create simple tales layered with profound philosophical insights. Born into an artistic family, Jansson stood out for her contribution to children’s literature and illustrations, and for her exceptional skill in presenting complex sentiments through grounded, relatable narratives. The Summer Book, praised by novelist Ali Smith as “a masterpiece of microcosm, a perfection of the small, quiet read”, stands as a testament to Jansson’s skill. 

Set against the backdrop of a remote Finnish island, The Summer Book is an intimate exploration of life through the experiences of a six-year-old girl, Sophia, and her grandmother. This iconic gem of Scandinavian literature beautifully captures the essence of summer – its radiant sunlight, unpredictable storms, and the vibrant life it brings forth.  

Now, you can immerse yourself in this vivid summer milieu, brilliantly brought to life by the renowned British actress Julie Walters. Known and loved as Molly Weasley from the Harry Potter films and her Oscar-nominated role in “Educating Rita,” Walters has brought home numerous BAFTA Awards, two Emmy Awards, and a Golden Globe. Her voice enriches Jansson’s soulful storytelling, transporting you to the enchanting world of the island and its quaint summer scenery. 

“As news spread that The Summer Book undergoes adaptation into a film starring Glenn Close, an intense scramble for the English audiobook rights ensued. It fills us with great pride at Saga Egmont to be chosen as Jansson’s audiobook publisher. Our privilege extends beyond the beloved Moomin series, as we’re now also publishing in audio Jansson’s books crafted for the adult audience.” 

says Publishing Director of Saga Egmont’s English Language Markets, Annette Ekstrand. 

Discover more of Jansson’s stories anew 

Saga Egmont’s Jansson audiobook collection includes, apart from The Summer Book, The Sculptor’s Daughter, Letters from Klara, Travelling Light, Notes from an Island, The True Deceiver, Fair Play, and Art in Nature

An ensemble of acclaimed actors, including Emma D’Arcy (“House of the Dragon”), Sophie Winkleman (“Wonka”), Sara Kestelman (of the Royal National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company), Indira Varma (“Game of Thrones”), Julie Walters (“Harry Potter”) Louise Brealey (“Sherlock”), and comedian and radio/TV host Sandi Toksvig (“QI” on BBC), will lend their voices to Janssons literary gems.  

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